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






























  


       
Verse 18. Praying always] The apostle does not put
        praying among the armour; had he done so he would
        have referred it, as he has done all the rest, . . . but he
        does not do this, therefore we conclude that his
        account of the armour is ended, and that now, having
        equipped his spiritual soldier, he shows him the nec-
        cesity of
praying, that he may successfully resist those
        principalities, powers, rulers of darkness of this world,
        and the spiritual wickedness in heavenly places, with
        which he has to contend. The
paniply, or whole armour
        of God
, consists in, 1. the girdle; 2. the breast-plate;
        3. the greaves; 4. the shield; 5. the helmet; and 6. the
        
sword. He who had these was completely armed, before
        they engaged, to
offer prayers, to the gods fro their
        success, the apostle shows that these spiritual warriors
        must depend upon the Captain of their salvation, and
        pray with all prayer, i.e. incessantly, being always in the  
        in the spirit of prayer, so hat they should be ever ready
        for public, private, mental, or ejaculatory prayer, always
        depending on HIM who can alone
save, and who alone
        can
destroy.
           When the apostle exhorts Christians to
pray with all
        prayer,
we may see at once that he neither means spirit
        ual
nor formal prayer, in exclusion of the other. Praying
        
refers to the state of the spirit as well as the act.  
             
With all prayer] Refers to the different kinds of prayer
        that is performed in
public, in the family, in the closet, in
        
business, on the way, in the heart without a voice, and
        
with the voice from the heart. All these are necessary to
        the genuine Christian; and he whose heart is right with
        God will be frequent in the whole. "Some there are," says
        a very pious and learned writer, "who use only
mental
        
prayer or ejaculations, and think they are in a state of
        grace, and use a way of worship far superior to any other;
        but such only fancy themselves to be
above what is really
        above
them; it requiring far more grace to be enabled to
        pour out a fervent and continued prayer, than to offer up
        mental aspirations." Rev.
J. Wesley.
            And supplication
]  There is a difference between . . .
        
prayer, and . . . supplication.  Some think the former for
        
attainment of good; the latter, praying for averting evil.
        
Supplication however seems to mean prayer continued in,
        
strong and incessant pleadings, till the evil averted or
        good communicated. There are two things that must be
        attended to in prayer.   1. That it be . . . in every
time,
        season,
or opportunity; 2. That it should be . . . in or
        
through the Spirit-that the heart should be engaged in
        it, and that its infirmities should be helped by the Holy
        Ghost.
             Watching thereunto]  Being always on your guard
        lest your enemies should surprise you. Watch, not only
        against evil, but also for opportunities to do good, and
        for opportunities to receive good. Without watchfulness,
        prayer and all the spiritual armour will be ineffectual.
             
With all perseverance] Being always intent on your
        object, and never losing sight of your
danger, or of your
        
interest. The word implies stretching out your neck, and
        
looking about, in order to discern an enemy at a distance.
          
    For all saints]  For all Christians; for this was the
         character by which they were distinguished.
(Adam Clarke,
         Clarke's Commentary, A Classic Help of Better
         Understanding of the Bible, Matthew - Revelations:  
         Volume VI, Romans to Revelation (Nashville: Abington
         / World Publishing, 1977, 472).

         

     





















         

"Praying always with all prayer and
supplication in the Spirit," and
watching thereunto with all
perseverance and supplication for
all saints;" Ephesians 6:18
". . .Supplication. . ."
"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, . . ."
We need more perseverance in prayer (Ephesians 6:18). We must
ask until seventy times seven. How often we prayed and then said
to our heart. "What's the use of praying? There's no sign of
change in the wayward life so dear to me; no deliverance from my
own failure, or perplexities!" But we must pray on, wrestling like
Jacob, panting like David, hoping like Elijah, persistent like
Bartimaeas and the Syrophenician woman, crying with tears like
our blessed Lord Himself.
We can only prove the energies of prayer as it is of the right sort -
humble, believing, expectant and very persevering. Well might we
plead, "Lord teach us to pray!" Yet we are not to plead as though
success at heaven's court depended
in chief upon the petitioner's
persistence and self-willed resolve to urge his own preference.
Answered prayer, like everything else of God, is all of grace. The
consciousness that the persistent prayer we pray is in harmony
with the will of God feeds the importunity Jesus commanded.
Herbert Lockyer, All the Prayers of the Bible, A Devotional and
Expositional Classic (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House,
1980), 178.