It’s a Prayer-ful Life!

Ephesians 6:18-20

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be

given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

  1. We should pray at all times, good or bad, thick or thin.
  2. We should pray for others and ourselves. We should ask for prayer.
  3. We should pray as God’s ambassadors to this world.

We should pray at all times, good or bad, thick or thin.

  • Whether things are going well or not so well, we should be bringing our prayers to God.
  • As humans, we have a tendency to only come to God when we need something. Or, we only thank God when we were getting what we want. No matter what we are going through, we should be talking to our Father.

We should pray for others and ourselves. We should ask for prayer.

  • Paul asks with a great sense of self and of longing for his audience to pray for him.
  • When did it become a sign of weakness to ask for prayer?
  • We should be committed to pray for each other.
  • Reading is the way you get through the Bible; prayer is the way you get the Bible through you.—Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker

We should pray as God’s ambassadors to this world.

  • Prayer gives us the strength, the vision, the message to share with others.
  • Prayer is our power source. When setting goals, we should start and end with prayer.
  • Paul is in prison yet still presents the World boldly. He has good prayer support.

Christian Role-Playing Games

NERD ALERT: Some of the content that you are about to read has a high degree of NERDiness, NERDinity, and NERDerocity!

I engaged in the occasional RPG, for uninitiated – role-playing game. From Dungeons and Dragons to MechWarrior, I was infatuated with the ability to become someone else and to do things I never thought possible. I could have incredible powers or amazing abilities. I would travel with friends who depended on me with their very lives!

I wanted to be this guy, the hero!

As I got older and “more mature”, I moved into computers and video games, but still the attraction of role-playing kept pulling me back! Most RPG’ers will tell you that the most important choice you can make in the whole experience is the type/category/class of your character. You may be the most well-liked 3-foot tall dwarf in the land and think you can take on the world a a warrior on your own, but if you cannot pick up an axe and use it right, you are not going to be around long! In the beginning, there were fighters, magic-users, clerics, thieves, and the like. As the games developed, you could become a fighter-thief. Let’s face it, you may be an all-powerful cleric who is the favorite of your deity, but if you cannot handle yourself in a fight, you are going to be on the menu in the next dungeon!

One day, I want to be able to walk into a room of fellow clergymen, lay leaders, and the business types and decelare in a loud voice:

I am a 9th level Apostle-Teacher with a Cloak of Humility and the Blessed Rod (+3 against unclean things) of Salvation.

Ephesians 4:11-12 NLT says to us, “Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” God has given us each gifts to work together to build up His church. Simple! Now this does not mean because I have gifts in teaching that cannot work as an evangelist in some capacity. The world is not perfect. We are all called upon to do many different jobs! What the author is saying (author being the Holy Spirit) is that we have been given these gifts in certain areas and we should use them for the glory of God. It also means that we should not become frustrated when some areas come easier to others than to us. I am not a great pastor (trust me, I and my congregation can admit it)! I try to do what I can but it does not come naturally to me. Teaching and sharing does!