“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.” Eph.6:18
Part of praying in the Spirit is praying on all occasions.
I take this to mean praying anytime. Simply put, it’s stepping out in prayer whenever the thought or urge to pray comes into my mind.
Just like we can and should bring the large issues in our lives to God in prayer, so also should we bring those seemingly smaller concerns to God. No prayer is ever too big or too small for God. If it matters to you it matters to him.
I’ve learned to be sensitive when a thought or impression enters my mind to pray.
For example, when a situation comes to my mind, I’ll often quickly lift it up to God. If I’m about to make a decision and the thought comes my mind to pray, I’ll stop what I’m doing and say a quick prayer. If a concern for someone comes to my heart, I’ll pray. If I’m suddenly anxious, excited, happy, or confused, I’ll pray. This is what I consider praying on all occasions.
I remember an instance of driving with my husband to buy a new car. This was several years ago. As we were driving to the car dealership I was very impressed to pray. My husband Dan pulled the car over and we prayed. It wasn’t a long prayer but it was for specific leading. After we prayed we both felt prodded to turn around and go home. That’s exactly what we did. We did not know that an opportunity for a much better vehicle at a great price was just days away. God led us to pray, stop and then trust him to provide, which he most certainly did.
It’s not legalistic to pray for whatever is on your heart or mind. Lifting up every thought and concern to God is a blessed freedom and privilege for those who have given their lives to Christ.
I do not pray on all occasions because I have to, I pray during these times because I can. I’m free in my relationship with the Lord Jesus to bring my every thought, my every breath and my every concern before him. And the more I do this, the more I want to. It’s similar to a relationship with a spouse. Communication takes practice. It grows. The more we communicate, the more we want to, and the more normal it becomes.
So also does communicating with our heavenly father grow as we take steps to continually pray.
It’s important to keep in mind the fact the Lord is always with us. It’s easy to get so caught up in our everyday life activities that we forget that we are always in the presence of the Lord.
He cherishes and desires our fellowship with him. And communication with him is part of that blessed fellowship. Continually praying helps to remind us of this.
As you step out and pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, be sure you’re praying continually. Spending a designated time of the day with God is important but so is praying at all times.
Praying on all occasions will not only deepen your prayer life with God, but you will enjoy your times with the him like never before.