Stirred Up to Pray
In the last part of the book of Ephesians the apostle Paul gives the church the most simple, practical, everyday applications to the daily life you can find anywhere. He talks of unity, holiness, fruitfulness, the Word and prayer. In fact, he ends the list with a bold summary statement by writing, “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints (Ephesians 6:18).” In other words, Paul gives us some practical advice and says, “Hey, you are not going to be able to do this life without always being in prayer and taking hold of the power of prayer.”
Paul stirs them up to pray continually for themselves and for all the saints.
Paul knew that God has given us the keys to the kingdom of heaven in the promise of prayer.
Paul knew what the apostle John would later write in Revelation 5:8, “Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.”
Paul also knew, as Andrew Murray wrote, “”how can God do it [help me have Christ in me] if I do not pray, do not long for it, to have Christ dwelling in the heart; and how can I be filled unto the fullness of God unless I believe a precious promise as to what God will do by the Spirit, like this. [In prayer], plead for it, claim it, give yourself up to it.”
Paul stirred up the church to pray because he knew, from his own experience (Acts 16:16, Acts 16:25, Acts 20:36, Acts 21:5 and Acts 28:8) that fervent, desperate, faith-filled prayer wasn’t an option. He knew the only way they (and we) could live the life Jesus died so we could have, was through constant prayer. He knew that we could do nothing on our own power and it was prayer that deeply connects us to the Holy Spirit and His power. He stirred them up to pray.
The early church was a praying church—for everything, for everyone, and everywhere! We need to model them. We need to be a church where prayer is so valued and honored that we’re continually joining others to pray—before, during and after services. We need to value and honor prayer so much that we lift the lid with prayers to God for His heart, for His Spirit and for His will.
Let’s pray like never before starting today. Let’s seek God’s face everywhere, for every one.
 Andrew Murray, The Spiritual Life, e-Book edition, 64