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“Praying always with every prayer and supplication in the Spirit, watching to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints”, Ephesians 6:18 (NKJV).

As I reflect on our time in Ephesians, I remember that we started in Chapter One with a little slice of heaven. If we get this one right, we’ll end this brief overview with another taste of banquet table heaven. This truth, if realized in your heart, mind and soul, will bring change. It will change you, the way you think and the way you see others. It will change what motivates you and the way you look and talk about the sky to others. It will change your prayer life and ultimately change the way you express love.

To get it, we must first shell the corn for a while. It just means we have to break it down into smaller pieces. I have pasted the verse and underlined the main points to consider. Notice immediately after each topic we are given information about how it should manifest in our lives.

First there is the subject of prayer, and we are told to always do so. Further instruction is given that all prayers and supplications must be made in the Spirit. The Greek word here for Spirit is pneuma. Understanding this word changes everything we thought we knew about praying in the Spirit. Pneuma – the word literally means – a stream of air that is a puff (breath) or a breeze. This is where we get our phrase “breath of fresh air”.

The second topic to consider is “being vigilant”, for which we are asked to persevere and ensure that we pray for all the saints.

“Praying always with every prayer and supplication in the Spirit, watching to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”

Sometimes we have the attitude that since there is nothing of real value we can offer about a situation, we will simply resign ourselves to praying.

While this may ease our awareness of the guilt of doing nothing, it’s unlikely to have any impact on the situation either.

Now that you understand the significance of this use of Spirit/pneuma, you should also be aware that when you pray in this manner, you have the ability to bring a breath of fresh air where needed.

Have you ever been totally emotionally drained by some circumstance or trial in your life? I’m talking about being ready to throw in the towel and give up, when suddenly you’ve been given newfound energy and held on until victory comes. You may have thought it was a coincidence or it was inexplicable. Think about this… when you were in crisis mode and felt like there was no hope, someone may have come face to face before God, in the Spirit, on your behalf. . Not only did God hear them as they prayed, but He sent a cool current in your direction to refresh, encourage and strengthen you accordingly. It was no coincidence, it was the breath of God, and it’s the breath of fresh air we all need today!

Dr. Dennis Cagle is the founder of Xaltm LLC who has been a pastor for 36 years and currently works as a church consultant. He is a former resident of McMinn County and current resident of Tellico Plains. He can be contacted at [email protected]

Dr. Dennis Cagle is the founder of Xaltm LLC who has been a pastor for 36 years and currently works as a church consultant. He is a former resident of McMinn County and current resident of Tellico Plains. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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