Daily Devotional

December 29, 2019

Prayer Works

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. – Ephesians 6:18

Recently, I had the privilege of going fishing with some life-long friends. One of these gentlemen has been a faithful pastor, and he enjoys quoting Scripture—even while fishing! It may have appeared that no one was listening, but I heard him quote Ephesians 6:18, today’s focus verse. After I came home, that Scripture was still going through my mind.

While I grumbled a little about the cost of the trip and the fact that we caught no fish, I told myself that there must have been some good in my going fishing. I thought more about the verse I had heard, and it began to dawn on me that this verse was included as part of the offensive armor in the Christian warfare. After memorizing the verse, it became a part of me. Yes, I had prayed for the saints; I had also prayed for many others outside the family of divine grace. But had I been “watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints”?

That fishing trip, I caught something bigger than a salmon: I caught a vision of the importance of praying for the saints. Since then, I have brought many of the saints in my home church before the Lord in prayer. One day I prayed for a particular young family, and that evening in a testimony meeting the young mother, who ordinarily does not stand up publicly, jumped to her feet and gave a wonderful account of the Lord’s grace. I have continued to see the Lord working in our church, and I know He hears our prayers when they are prayed in His will.

As I was walking this morning and meditating, I thought of Job. Job prayed for his friends, and then God released him from his captivity. I also remembered that the night before, as I was praying for some of the saints, the Lord touched my own body.

It is wonderful to have the privilege of praying one for another and seeing God answer. Determine in your heart to make supplication for your brothers and sisters in Christ, and watch the Lord do wonderful things!