Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me. Romans 15:30
Paul was going from Corinth with money for the Jerusalem church. The Jews in Jerusalem would be eager to persecute him. So he wrote to the church in Rome asking for their prayers “that [he] may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe” (Romans 15:31).
Prayer is often the forgotten ingredient in spiritual warfare. In Paul’s classic passage on the believer’s spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:10-18), prayer is often neglected. But it is Paul’s final admonition: “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints” (verse 18, NASB). It is as if Paul is saying, “Once you are clothed with God’s armor against Satan, you must win the battle on the field of prayer!” He makes the point by asking for prayer for himself against the temptation to fear the repercussions from preaching the Gospel (verses 19-20).
Be clothed with God’s spiritual armor—but don’t neglect to pray for strength and steadfastness against “the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).
The believer may be known by his inward warfare as well as by his inward peace. J. C. Ryle
Recommended Reading: Ephesians 6:18-20
The Price of the Vision
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord… —Isaiah 6:1
Our soul’s personal history with God is often an account of the death of our heroes. Over and over again God has to remove our friends to put Himself in their place, and that is when we falter, fail, and become discouraged. Let me think about this personally— when the person died who represented for me all that God was, did I give up on everything in life? Did I become ill or disheartened? Or did I do as Isaiah did and see the Lord?
My vision of God is dependent upon the condition of my character. My character determines whether or not truth can even be revealed to me. Before I can say, “I saw the Lord,” there must be something in my character that conforms to the likeness of God. Until I am born again and really begin to see the kingdom of God, I only see from the perspective of my own biases. What I need is God’s surgical procedure— His use of external circumstances to bring about internal purification.
Your priorities must be God first, God second, and God third, until your life is continually face to face with God and no one else is taken into account whatsoever. Your prayer will then be, “In all the world there is no one but You, dear God; there is no one but You.”
Keep paying the price. Let God see that you are willing to live up to the vision.
by Oswald Chambers