TEXT: Ephesians 6:18-20
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
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We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 278 messages in this series.
This is message #279 titled, How to Win at Spiritual Warfare Through Prayer, Part 7.
As we continue looking at the command to use “all prayer” in our spiritual warfare, we will now examine the third type of prayer — the prayer of request, also known as supplication. According to Merriam-Webster, supplication means “to make a humble entreaty; especially, to pray to God; to ask humbly and earnestly of; to ask for something earnestly and humbly.” The Oxford English Dictionary defines supplication as, “The action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly.”
Paul writes that we should pray with “all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” Supplication in the Bible literally means a request or a petition for one’s self. Most of us don’t have a problem with this type of prayer. Our needs are ever before us, and it is good to know that the Almighty God cares about us and wants to hear us ask for even the smallest of needs.
The Bible includes many prayers of request or supplication. In the Old Testament, we have records of the prayers of supplication from the patriarchs, the psalmist, and the prophets. Those prayers might seem distant and lofty. None of us have ever led hundreds of thousands of people out of slavery, or been on the run from a deranged king, or fled an evil queen after defeating her pagan priests. So, it is in the New Testament — with Jesus Himself — that the prayer of personal request really hits home.
In Matthew 6:11, the Lord’s very own prayer, we are taught to say, “Give us this day our daily bread.” In the very same chapter, Jesus emphasizes the Heavenly Father’s concern and care for His children. “Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” God loves us so much that He does not want us to worry ourselves — to not even take more thought than is necessary — over even these basic necessities. Instead, through prayer, we cast all our cares on Jesus who takes them to the Father; and we are confident that our prayers will be answered and our needs met. Jesus says so Himself, “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” The same goes for housing and clothing.
When we use the prayer of request to ask for what we need from God, it does not mean that we go carefree. Instead of ‘taking thought’ for ourselves, we instead ‘take thought’ for the kingdom of God. Jesus says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” The prayer of request is something that will help us stay focused on that which is most important. Yes, we should be industrious and hardworking in order to supply for our needs; but we ought not to expend mental or spiritual energy over creature comforts. Instead, let’s put all of that in God’s hands so that we can focus on the more important spiritual work that we ought to be engaged in and the spiritual warfare that we are engaged in whether we want to be or not.
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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.