“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 saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel for which I am an ambassador in chains.” Ephesians 6:18-20
When a crisis hits, often, friends and family come to the rescue and offer whatever they can to help. They will ask, “What can I do to help? Do you need anything?” Have you ever answered, “Pray for me!” Paul was giving instruction on how to suit up for battle. He told the Ephesians to “put on the whole armor of God” (v. 11). That armor, covering head to toe, consisted of truth to gird your loins, the breastplate of righteousness, preparation of the Gospel for shoes, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, “which is the word of God” (v. 14-17). Most people stop there when talking about the armor and forget the greatest weapon of all – prayer! Prayer is not only another weapon, but the greatest of all the weapons, as it infuses the rest of the armor with the power needed to fight the enemy. It is the one thing Paul asks the Ephesians to do for him – pray! So the next time you have the opportunity to offer help to a friend in crisis, rather than ask, “Do you need anything?”, ask instead, “How can I pray for you in this situation?”
Who is someone God has brought to your heart in this very moment that you can pray for?