All Kinds of Prayers
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests…” (Ephesians 6:18 NIV)
You may have a favorite spot in your home where you have your devotional time. Or you may prefer to engage in collective prayer with the body of Christ when you gather together on a Sunday. The Apostle Paul exhorted us to pray on all occasions. That means in church, at the altar, walking down the street, in the shower, in your car, at the supermarket, at a neighbor’s house, in school, at work. Otherwise, how would we be able to “pray without ceasing”?
Further, Paul encourages us to pray “with all kinds of prayers and requests.” We can cry out to God or pray silently in our hearts; we can lift our voices in praise and worship or utter words of thanksgiving that the Lord alone can hear; we can pray with rejoicing or we can pray through tears; we can pray a sentence or pray for an hour; we can pray a Scripture passage or merely cry out, “Jesus,” in a time of need.
What we need is out-of-the-box kinds of prayers that come from a heart of devotion to the Lord, in acknowledgement that he is the very breath of life to his people. Scripture tells us that whom the Son sets free is free indeed (John 8:36). This includes freedom in our time of prayer, whenever and wherever that may be.
Read Ephesians 6:18-24.