Praying in the Spirit
Praying in the Spirit is what Paul calls us to do after we have checked our armor. The way we make it through the wars of life is by PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT.
Ephesians 6:18 "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints."
Now think with me as you turn to Acts 6:4. Here is the scene. There were 12 men who were given the incredible honor of living, eating and walking every day with Jesus.
ü They watched Him all day long.
ü They sat at His feet and listened to Him in every setting: in a boat, on a mountain, in front of crowds.
ü They followed Him to remote places, mountain tops and gardens. Always observing always pondering what it was He was doing.
ü Then they graduated the Christ Academy.
ü In the greatest event of history their teacher died as a substitute for all the sin of the world.
ü They watched from afar as He cried out in greatest agony and as the Sun hid and the earth turned totally black with darkness.
ü Then the earth shook, the ground was torn apart, graves popped open and then it was over. He hung there lifeless.
ü Three days later they were abruptly confronted with their teacher back from death. And what a reunion it was. But it was brief and only to remind them to go everywhere and teach all those who would believe on the Lord Jesus Christ what He had taught them.
So, after three plus years when Jesus was taken back to His Father in Heaven.
ü What did those closest to Him decide was the focus of their lives?
ü What did the group of men who knew Jesus up close and personal decide was what He had taught them?
ü What became the priority of the men who had learned the secrets of their Master?
When we think of the apostles, those early leaders of our church, we think of an example of godly living to follow. What did they commend to us as a way of spiritual priority? Turn to Acts 6:4, prayer and the word...
"But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word."
Why would the priority of these who had lived and walked with Jesus Christ be prayer and the word? Of course, it was because that was the master's life priorities. He was ever in communion with God (prayer) and seeking God's will (the word). So if we seek to be like them following the master, let us start with a priority on prayer.
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