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Praying in the Spirit

Book of Ephesians

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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Nothing is more fatal than beginning the Christian life thinking trouble and problems are finished. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains from Ephesians 6:18, the New Testament actually indicates the opposite of this. Rather, we should expect attacks as never before. What is the connection between “praying always” and the “armor of God”? Prayer is something we do in addition to putting on the armor. The armor provided to us by God cannot be used except in communion with God. Prayer is essential to the Christian life, for without it we faint. The apostle Paul speaks of “all prayer,” then “supplication”. First, he means all kinds of prayer in general — private, public, with or without words, orderly prayer, groans, etc. Then he specifies a certain kind of prayer: supplication, which is petition. The secret of true prayer is “in the Spirit”. Vain repetitions, merely uttering words out of habit or custom, are not praying. Praying in the Spirit means being concentrated and submitted to the Spirit, so that he creates, directs, orders and empowers our praying. It means recalling that the only way into the presence of God is in Christ. Praying in the Spirit is having fellowship with God, which ends in true worship.

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.