Obey Orders – Ephesians 6:18
After Paul put the metaphoric armor on in his letter to the Ephesians, he gives a few instructions to the soldier that has just suited up with spiritual readiness. Just like a great commander does, he gives orders to the soldier so there is no confusion in the ranks. The orders are not just for one soldier, but for the whole division. Everyone in a military unit must be united in spirit, purpose, and action. And all soldiers are expected to obey.
Paul orders us, the soldiers–The Holy Ones–to pray.
This appears simple enough, but for some reason it never is easy. Why is prayer elusive? It isnΓÇÖt a priority. This is a problem. In fact, it is disobedience.
We spend time on things that we make a priority: eating three times a day, watching a favorite TV show, taking a day off, reading a book, going to a movie, checking social media sites, shopping, getting a coffee, watching the game.
And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.2 Corinthians 3:3
The Spirit of the living God wants to interact with you and know your heart; even write on it; marking you as belonging to Christ. He does this through prayer because this is how we open communication and get to know him.
How then can we change our priorities to include prayer? How can we change our perspective from talkingto action? Paul encourages us to put our desires in the Spirit and be watching with him in prayer every moment. (What Paul?!)
He is telling us this truth: when you put your desires in the Holy Spirit, He will change what you see (perception) and what you seek (desires). He offers a complete perspective overhaul that will result in you wanting what God wants.
How then, today, will you place your desires in the Holy Spirit? God, we want to know you more and more.