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.
One of the better known passages in the New Testament comes from Ephesians 6:10-17 where Paul describes the armor of God and encourages us to make sure we have on as we battle against our enemy, the devil. The verses quoted above immediately follow that passage. I believe there is an important reason for that. It is important for a soldier to be armed and equipped for battle, but it is just as important that he be in regular communication with headquarters. An army unit which loses contact with headquarters is not an effective fighting unit. Contact with headquarters is essential for knowing battle plans, keeping supplied with necessary battle requirements, and knowing how to coordinate with other troops engaged in the same battle.
Paul is instructing believers here to stay in regular contact with our headquarters. We should bring all our requests to God, but we should also be diligent in prayer for all our fellow soldiers in this battle. Pray for what we need, but also for the boldness of all Christian soldiers. We are in this together, and we need God’s help and the help of all our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Onward, Christian Soldiers!