Ephesians 6:18 Index
"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;"
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"Praying always . . . "

  • Literally, "praying in every season," or "on every occasion." Compare the injunction to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
  • Prayer is not another weapon; rather, it is the spirit, the manner, in which the whole armor is to be worn and the battle fought. Paul is here urging it as a perpetual state of mind, a continuous attitude of communion with God (Luke 18:1; Philippians 4:6; Hebrews 4:16). (6BC 1046)

" . . . with all prayer and supplication . . . "

  • These two words occur together in (Philippines 4:6; 1 Timothy 2:1; 1 Timothy 5:5). In (Philippines 4:6), thanksgiving as well as supplication is added to prayer. Gratitude and intercession are two most important elements in prevailing prayer. (6BC 1046)
  • How are the faithful servants of Christ employed? “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,” praying in the closet, in the family, in the congregation, everywhere; “and watching thereunto with all perseverance.” They feel that souls are in peril, and with earnest, humble faith they plead the promises of God in their behalf. The ransom paid by Christ—the atonement on the cross—is ever before them. They will have souls as seals of their ministry. (5T 190)

" . . . in the spirit . . . " (Romans 8:26; Romans 8:27)

  • Even though we have the best intentions, our prayers often reveal our poor judgment, hidden prejudices, and sheer ignorance of what is best for us. There are few who cannot look back and thank God that the Holy Spirit revised their prayers, as it were; noted the intention and presented them to God in such a form that He could answer them. How often has time revealed to us the utter foolishness of some of our praying, and how grateful we are that we never received some things we asked for! (6BC 1046)

" . . . watching . . . " (Matthew 24:42; Matthew 26:41)

  • Prayer will accomplish wonders for those who give themselves to prayer, watching thereunto. (CT 479)
  • God desires us all to be in a waiting, hopeful position. (FE 490)
  • Let your heart be softened and melted under the divine influence of the Spirit of God. . . . You have an earnest, anxious desire to do right and meet the approval of God. Continue your earnest, persevering efforts, and be not discouraged. Be patient. Never censure. Never let the enemy beguile you from your watch. Watch as well as pray. After you pray, watch thereunto. The effort is your own; no one can do this work for you. Take hold of the strength of God, and as fast as you see your errors in the past, redeem the time. (2T 321)

" . . . with all perseverance . . . "

  • Perseverance in prayer is not for the purpose, by sheer persistence, of making God change His mind, in some such fashion as a begging child finally extracts what he wants from an unwilling parent. Perseverance in prayer, however, clearly indicates on the part of the suppliant a state of mind that gives God an opportunity to do things He could not safely do for him otherwise (Luke 18:1-8). (6BC 1046)

" . . . for all saints."

  • Literally, "concerning all the saints."
  • The saints are to be mutually supported by prayer and fellowship. It is impossible for one to be "in Christ" (Ephesians 1:1) without sharing the common sufferings of the saints and holding them up in prayer (1 Peter 5:9). Possibly the aging apostle, in bonds in Rome thinks with more urgency on the communion of the saints in view of the request he is about to make (Ephesians 6:19).