Thursday, August 13, 2009

Today's Devotional Scripture

Today's Verse
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 saints.
~Ephesians 6:18 NIV
Thoughts on today's verse...
Beginning in verse 10, this passage talks about 'being strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might, putting on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil' (the enemy).

Then it begins to describe the armor - having girded your loins with truth and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, having shod your feet with preparation of the gospel of peace, and finally the shield of faith - to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. Then it comes to verse 17 and we are told to take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Have you ever noticed, there's no covering for the backside! Evidently, we're not to turn our backs to the enemy!)

Then we finally come to today's verse and are admonished about prayer and even the different types of prayer. On a personal note when praying in the Spirit, for me this is praying when I don't know how or what to pray for, the the Spirit will cry out to God on my behalf. Romans 8:26 says, "...for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words..." When I am so deeply distraught over something and just don't know how to pray - that's when the Spirit comes to my aid.
My prayer...
Abba, Father... there are times when I don't know how to pray as I should. I'm lost for words, they just don't come and I am in emotional turmoil over some situation. That is when the Spirit intercedes on my behalf. I so appreciate Your provision for this gift! Thank you, in Jesus Name ~Amen!
Yours, because we're His,