the action of paying close attention to something
the action of assiduously (with great care and perseverance) attending to the comfort or wines of others. (Oxford Language Google Dictionary).
13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Types of Prayer
18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
Time of Prayer
“at ALL times”
Not 24/7 physical time of prayer
An attitude of prayer where you are always in God’s presence.
Not constant repetitious prayer that makes you think you will wear down God and He give in.
Robert Law - “Prayer is not getting man’s will done in heaven; it is getting God’s will done on earth” (Warren Wiersbe p.60).
Temperature of Prayer
“In the Spirit”
26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
“be on the alert with all perseverance”
Nehemiah - rebuilt was in record time while being under attack.
They where alert and had to persevere
Victory over the World - Mark 13:33 “33 “Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come.”
Victory over Flesh - Mark 14:39 “39 Again He went away and prayed, saying the same words.”
Victory over devil - Eph 6:18 “18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,”
the action of assiduously (with great care and perseverance) attending to the comfort or wishes of others. (Oxford Language Google Dictionary).
There are no single soldiers in war. As Christians we must working together.
We must be lifting each other up to God for protection, power, and providence.
Satan likes to attack those who are on fire for God.
One way the devil attacks is our mind.
Paul uses the word “utterance” which means “a communication whereby the mind finds expression, word” (BDAG)
Ephesians 6:19 “19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,”
Next we read that Paul asked the Ephesians to prayer for him to have boldness.
He wanted to “make known with boldness the mystery of the Gospel.”
Boldness - Power - Fearlessly
Protective care of God as a spiritual power.
Timely preparation for future eventualities.
To be protected by God in the spiritual realm for declaring the mystery of the Gospel
Mystery of the Gospel - had been hidden from the Gentiles.
one sent - spokesman - official messenger and representative.
Paul was an Ambassador of Christ.
Paul was one sent by Christ.
Paul was a spokesman for Christ.
Paul was an official messenger and representative of Christ.
20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Believer’s in Christ are Ambassadors of Christ.
Believers are sent by Christ
Believers are spokesman for Christ
Believers are official messengers and representatives of Christ.
17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.