It’s the start of a New Year. How is your prayer life?
This passage speaks of a battle in which we are all involved—the fight to be who God created us to be and do what God desires us to do. And make no mistake—it is a fierce battle indeed. As the Message translates verse 12, This is no afternoon athletic contest that we'll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.
That is something we’d all do well to remember, because part of the temptation is simply to be entirely too casual about our faith.
The alternative is to do the preparation necessary to “stand firm”. Paul describes this as putting on the armor of God. It is in this context that he specifically mentions our need to pray.
Did you notice the wording? We are to pray at “all times” (on every occasion, in every season); using “all kinds” of prayers “always praying” for “all the saints”. Those “alls” don’t leave much out, do they? Sounds like a prayer bathed life to me.
So how is your prayer life? Are you casual about it or committed to it?
My guess is that the answer to that question will have a lot to do with the trajectory and quality of our spiritual lives in 2006.