Is This Paul’s Last Request?

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

 This verse is the end of the thoughts from last week’s tremendous message and the beginning to the final goodbyes to Paul’s fellow workers in Christ. It is the last thing he asks us to do, because in the next verse we can’t pray for his boldness he died a long time ago. (Though, I will get to that verse tomorrow.) This is the last verse in the “stand” section of Ephesians. It’s the triumphant plea for those who read it. If he were making a speech this would be when the crowd rises to their feet shouting and clapping! But what does it say?

IT’S AN AMAZING REQUEST!

He asks us to pray to God. In fact, here is the expanded literal translation.

Ephesians 6:18; In your personal devotions, believe and pray in tongues continually for specific objects of necessity. And by praying in tongues be on the watch, be alert, continually and unceasingly, for the specific objects of necessity for yourself until you get it. Do this on and in behalf of all the saints also. 

There are two kinds of prayer. One kind with your understanding, one in the spirit (which, btw, you will not understand.)

1 Corinthians 14:15; What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

He is asking us to pray for the people and situations in our life “in the spirit.” A great way to do this is to picture the individual you are praying for in your mind, then pray in tongues for their lives. Folks, how many ways and how many times does God have to ask us to do this? If God, the maker of the universe, creator of the heavens and the Father of Jesus Christ asked you to call someone, or make a sandwich for your sweetie or anything. Would you do it? You just heard from the “BIG GUY” himself. Are you humble enough in your heart, to do what He asks?

This reminds me of Naaman;

2 Kings 5:1; Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, [but he was] a leper.

Long story short; Naaman came to Elisha for a healing. Elisha wouldn’t come down out of the house but sent him to dip in the Jordan 7 times. Here was Naaman’s reaction to this instruction.

2 Kings 5:11-12a; But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. [Are] not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean?

He was ticked. He was such an important guy, he felt he deserved better treatment from the man of God. A little song and dance routine perhaps. But, then to be told to dip in the Jordan! Of all places, that was the mudiest river in all the land! Yuck! But wait a minute–urch–do you think he liked living with the incapacitating disease of leprosy more? What were his choices? Was it smart to be so picky or prideful? Just because he didn’t like the instruction.

I’ve talked with many Christians who don’t know how, or who’ve been wrongly taught that we shouldn’t speak in tongues. Heck, that’s how I grew up! Yet God commands us to pray in the spirit over and over in the Word. This is our opportunity to do what He asks. How do we do it? See below for instructions.

Here’s how Naaman went on to handle things.

2 Kings 5:12b-14; So he turned and went away in a rage. (Might I add, he still had leprosy at this point. We do not get deliverance, healing, miracles, promises until we do our part of the procedure.)

And his servants came near, (a smart fellah here) and spake unto him, and said, My father, [if] the prophet had bid thee [do some] great thing, wouldest thou not have done [it]? How much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?

 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

Naaman got his miracle! He put his pride and error of wrong doctrine aside and believed that he heard from God almighty.

Do you need a miracle in this day and age? Do you want to see God’s hand of power take hold of the problems in your life and set you free of them?

What are you waiting for?

Click here to learn how to speak in tongues and all the scriptures showing you how.

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