Principle #1 (pray with alertness and perseverance) ~ “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful [alert] to this end with all perseverance and supplication [petitions, requests] for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18). In other words, we are to be alert like a military guard on duty. Several sub-points are clear;
1) Prayer is a form of worship (“in the Spirit”),
2) We are to be bold with our requests (“supplication” mentioned twice in this short verse),
3) It is a spiritual discipline with the mind of Christ—His heart and His priorities (“in the Spirit”), and
4) Prayer is not me-centered but God-centered and His kingdom-centered (“for all the saints”).
Principle #2 (pray specifically for boldness in witnessing) ~ Paul’s final comment in this passage is a request, “for me [Paul], that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak” (Ephesians 6:19-20).
Twice in this single short passage the Apostle Paul asks that his fellow Christians pray that he might have boldness in witnessing.
The first time is in reference to having freedom and wisdom in choosing the right words.
The second relates to being fearless regardless of consequences.
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