“Pray in the Spirit on all occasions”.
Eph 6:18 NIV
Prayer is not easy. When asked by Larry King in a television interview what was the most difficult thing a pastor had to do, Billy Graham replied, “It is to pray. The hardest thing any minister has to do is to pray”.
Paul urged the Ephesian Christians to pray “in the Spirit”. He knew himself how hard it is to pray and that his readers were struggling. He also knew that wherever the Holy Spirit was working, prayer was one result. He knew that the disciple could call on the Spirit to help you to want to pray. He knew that the Spirit could help you when you do pray. He spoke elsewhere of the Spirit’s help when writing to the church in Rome, “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Rom 8:26 NIV). We are to be prompted by the Spirit, and guided by him as well. Often people who seek the power and help of the Spirit in their praying become great “prayer warriors”.
And prayer must not be spasmodic. We are to pray constantly, “on all occasions”. This is why the majority of Christian disciples make a habit of setting aside a certain period every day for meditation and prayer. Like riding a bicycle or swimming, in order to learn to do it you have to go on doing it, even though you may think you can’t – until you can!
The general guidance is to make a habit of praying on a regular basis and then in times of stress or emergency prayer will come more easily than if you were a complete stranger.
PRAYER THOUGHT Lord, help me to become constant in my prayer life.