18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
When our families get together for birthdays, holidays, etc., I’m the designated prayer. I don’t mean to say my presence and person is the prayer. I’m the one asked to offer a prayer for the gathering. Don’t you wish you had a preacher in the family!? Then, you would never have to pray! Just kidding. I’ve observed much fear and intimidation in others over the years when asked to offer a prayer. Much of that probably has more to do with speaking out loud in the presence of others than it has to do with an unwillingness to pray. Perhaps it’s a combination of both.
In I Thessalonians, Paul says, “Pray without ceasing,” which is consistent with what he teaches us here. This passage can be summarized in two words: always pray. At all times. For anything and everything. Always pray. Pray generally and pray specifically. Paul asks the church to pray specifically for him as he proclaims the gospel without fear. If we approach every day in prayer, praying throughout the day and designating specific times to pray, then we’ll become equipped and ready to pray out loud whenever and wherever there is a need.
God doesn’t care about your word limit. Only the sincerity of your heart. Pray like you’re praying to the person who knows you the best and loves you the most. That person is God. How is your prayer life? Today, offer to pray for someone in a setting you wouldn’t normally.
Holy God, show us someone specific to pray for today. Give us courage to ask the person if we can pray for them. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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