Six Lessons in Prayer 2-4

Series: Prayer
Presenter: Alexander Strauch

Second message on prayer from Ephesians 6:18: Lessons 2-4. Pray at all times, pray in the Spirit, be alert in order to persevere in prayer.



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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. Realistically, how does one “pray at all times”?
By realizing we are in God’s presence at all times. We need to confess sin immediately; ask continually for wisdom and guidance; intercede for others at all times; be giving thanks always; and be seeking his power and strength to live the Christian life.
2. What does the Scripture mean by “pray in the Spirit”? Be specific!
It is the opposite of ritualistic prayer or mindless prayer. It means responding to the Spirit’s prompting to pray; to have the Spirit energize prayer; to pray according to the truths of God’s Word; to pray according to God’s will; to sense his presence.
3. Based on the speaker’s message, what does the following statement mean: “When you think of prayer, think of warfare”?
The whole context of Ephesians 6:11 is about spiritual warfare and the armor of God to stand firm against the forces of evil. With the armor of God, the soldier of God is to pray at all times in the power of the Spirit and to be alert and pray for all other soldiers.

Discuss It

  1. Spend 10 minutes right now in prayer, putting into practice what you have learned so far on prayer.
  2. Out of the four lessons on prayer stated thus far, which one is the most convicting to you at this point in your life as an elder?

Apply It

  1. Pick two Scripture references on prayer from the whole of Scripture that most motivate you to consistent, persistent prayer. Read these before you pray, so as to keep you motivated.
  2. On your own, using a Bible concordance or a bible software search function, look up the word “prayer” and determine how many times the word “prayer” or “pray” is used in Scripture. What does this tell you about the relative importance of prayer?
  3. Make a commitment to find one or two people serving in a ministry at a your church, and specifically and intentionally thank them for their ministry and ask how you can pray for them.

Digging Deeper

All the Prayers of the Bible, by Herbert Lockyer