1st August 2012
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance…”
Ephesians 6:18 (NKJV)
The other morning I woke up with the end of a dream still clear in my head. In it I was a soldier or spy on the verge of a dangerous mission. My commanding officer stood beside me giving some last instructions before I entered the furore in front of me. “You are in enemy territory, maintain radio contact at all times,” were the words I heard in my head when I woke up. It reminded me of prayer and how vital it is to the success of our missions as Christians. Christ, our commanding officer, is in constant radio contact, but why are there times when I switch the receiver off, or fail to make contact with him? What would this mean in a real life mission? That I was captured? Injured? Colluding with the enemy, or perhaps even dead?! This might be how those waiting to hear might be thinking—but what might I be thinking when I let days pass without contact? That the enemy was no real threat? That I could make my own way without help? That the mission wasn’t really important?
Ephesians 6:12-13 underlines how real our enemy is and that prayer is part of the whole armour of God: “This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life or death fight to the finish…God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open…” Not only is prayer necessary for our personal mission, but we are encouraged to support others in their mission as well.
We look to you, Jesus, as our commanding officer and hope that by constant ‘radio contact’ (prayer) to stand in the armour of God. We pray, as it says in Ephesians 6:18, with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
Study by Helen Francis