“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions
with all kinds of prayers and requests.”
If you look up ‘all’ in the Shorter Oxford Dictionary, you will find that it means ‘all’ and not ‘all except!”
There are no circumstances in life where we are completely in control or completely self-sufficient. At any time, and in any situation, something may go wrong or something unexpected may happen. We may be faced with a situation or a challenge for which we are not adequately prepared – neither in terms of protecting ourselves or others, nor in terms of meeting the challenges which suddenly confront us. This may happen in the home, in our work situations, in our relationships and in our travels. I remember travelling along a quiet road overseas when a large 4×4 erupted from a side road and tried to climb into the passenger seat of my car through the side window! In those moments my life and well-being were not in my hands. Thank God, neither of us was hurt although my car had a new shape. The next morning, as I exchanged cars at the rental company, they showed me one in a similar condition in which the passenger had been killed and the driver was still in a coma. I was only slightly comforted by the fact that my replacement car was a bright red!
To pray in any situation is to recognise our imperfections, inadequacies and vulnerabilities, and our need for God. It honours God by recognising Him and asking Him to be involved. It does not relieve us of the responsibility for doing our best, and of doing what we should do – but it does ask for His help in our efforts and for His protection in all our circumstances. It is His strength that enables us – not our own.
“I love You, O Lord, my strength.” (Psalm 18:1)
Ask the Lord for His wisdom, discernment, power and protection through the day. Remember to thank Him.
Father God, if I am to live as Your child, and the expression or Your presence and love, I will need Your help. Please be with me in all that I think, and say and do, and guide, empower and protect me – in Jesus name. Amen.