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Praying Always

Spiritual Depression

A Sermon on Ephesians 6:18

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, (ESV)

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What role does prayer play in spiritual warfare? In this conclusion of his sermons on spiritual depression, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones declares the prominent role prayer must have in a Christian’s life. He expounds upon the words of the apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:18, who told the church in Ephesus to pray at all times with all prayer and supplication. Dr. Lloyd-Jones tells us why we pray and to whom we pray. He asserts that prayer is a test for all that we claim to believe. The high road of prayer is self-examination—that we would discover how weak and ignorant we are so as to drive us to God. Prayer is vital, essential, and necessary because we have a capable enemy in the devil; thus we continually need the armor and power of God to do battle. We see in the example of Jesus and the many saints that have come before us that prayer is the supreme achievement of the soul. Do you feel spiritually dull and sleepy in your Christian walk? Turn to the Lord in prayer! Dr. Lloyd-Jones says, “keep your armor bright!” Prayer leads to knowledge of God, which leads to love of God, which defeats the enemy. Will you attack your enemy and pray?

Additional Scripture Translations

Ephesians 6:18, New American Standard Bible

18With every prayer and request, pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be alert with all perseverance and every request for all the saints,

Ephesians 6:18, King James Version

18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

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.