Apostle Grace Lubega
Ephesians 6:18-19 (KJV); Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 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,
When Paul asks the church at Ephesus to pray for him, his request is not so God can meet his material needs.
In our theme scripture, he instructs the saints to pray for him so that utterance may be given unto him that he may open his mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.
In all this, Paul points us to the fact that the true purpose of supplication is for the furtherance of the cause of the gospel, the mandate of heaven and the kingdom of God.
Did Paul have needs? Of course he did. Why then does he not make his needs the purpose of the prayers of the saints?
It is because a true minister of the gospel understands that his own needs should not take centre stage in prayer but rather this place is reserved for the needs of heaven.
It is why the instruction is ‘seek first the kingdom of God.’ (Matthew 6:33). When you live your life with God as the priority, He makes your needs His business.
FURTHER STUDY: Matthew 6:33, Psalm 34:9-10
GOLDEN NUGGET: A true minister of the gospel understands that his own needs should not take centre stage in prayer but rather this place is reserved for the needs of heaven.
PRAYER: My Lord, I thank You for this truth. My heart beats after and in tune with the needs of heaven. My eyes are elevated past the needs of the flesh to the needs of the spirit. My life of prayer is patterned in this understanding, to the glory of Your name, Amen.