Praying for All the Saints
A Sermon on Ephesians 6:18-20
praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. (ESV)
The main emphasis of “praying for all the saints” is intercessory prayer. Why does this matter? Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from Ephesians 6:18-20, challenging all believers who engage in the same fight for faithfulness, sharing a common salvation, and fighting a common foe. This is why public worship is so important. We must recognize we are not alone. This battle not only involves all Christians, but it is God’s battle. Intercessory prayer is significant because failure at any point in the ranks affects the whole army. We must think of ourselves in terms of the Church, not individualistically. Praying that every man in his position will stand is the way to avoid discouragement. One of the great mysteries of the faith is that prayer actually works. God could do everything without us, but he has elected us and chooses to work through us. Therefore we are dependent on the prayers of others, and he commands us to pray for one another. Intercessory prayer is the sovereign remedy for introspection and a morbid self-concern. In light of this, we ought to pray for all preachers of the Gospel to speak boldly and rightly— keeping nothing back of the truth, not fearing men or their power, but relying on God.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.