Ephesians 6:18
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New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

English Standard Version
praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

New American Standard Bible
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

King James Bible
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.

International Standard Version
Pray in the Spirit at all times with every kind of prayer and request. Likewise, be alert with your most diligent efforts and pray for all the saints.

NET Bible
With every prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit, and to this end be alert, with all perseverance and requests for all the saints.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Pray with all prayers and with all desires always in The Spirit and be watching with him in prayer every moment as you pray constantly and make supplication for the sake of all The Holy Ones,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Pray in the Spirit?your[ spirit."> in every situation. Use every kind of prayer and request there is. For the same reason be alert. Use every kind of effort and make every kind of request for all of God's people.]

Jubilee Bible 2000
praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit and watching in this with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints

King James 2000 Bible
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thus with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

American King James Version
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

American Standard Version
with all prayer and supplication praying at all seasons in the Spirit, and watching thereunto in all perseverance and supplication for all the saints,

Douay-Rheims Bible
By all prayer and supplication praying at all times in the spirit; and in the same watching with all instance and supplication for all the saints:

Darby Bible Translation
praying at all seasons, with all prayer and supplication in [the] Spirit, and watching unto this very thing with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints;

English Revised Version
with all prayer and supplication praying at all seasons in the Spirit, and watching thereunto in all perseverance and supplication for all the saints,

Webster's Bible Translation
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching for this purpose with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Weymouth New Testament
Pray with unceasing prayer and entreaty on every fitting occasion in the Spirit, and be always on the alert to seize opportunities for doing so, with unwearied persistence and entreaty on behalf of all God's people,

World English Bible
with all prayer and requests, praying at all times in the Spirit, and being watchful to this end in all perseverance and requests for all the saints:

Young's Literal Translation
through all prayer and supplication praying at all times in the Spirit, and in regard to this same, watching in all perseverance and supplication for all the saints --
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:10-18 Spiritual strength and courage are needed for our spiritual warfare and suffering. Those who would prove themselves to have true grace, must aim at all grace; and put on the whole armour of God, which he prepares and bestows. The Christian armour is made to be worn; and there is no putting off our armour till we have done our warfare, and finished our course. The combat is not against human enemies, nor against our own corrupt nature only; we have to do with an enemy who has a thousand ways of beguiling unstable souls. The devils assault us in the things that belong to our souls, and labour to deface the heavenly image in our hearts. We must resolve by God's grace, not to yield to Satan. Resist him, and he will flee. If we give way, he will get ground. If we distrust either our cause, or our Leader, or our armour, we give him advantage. The different parts of the armour of heavy-armed soldiers, who had to sustain the fiercest assaults of the enemy, are here described. There is none for the back; nothing to defend those who turn back in the Christian warfare. Truth, or sincerity, is the girdle. This girds on all the other pieces of our armour, and is first mentioned. There can be no religion without sincerity. The righteousness of Christ, imputed to us, is a breastplate against the arrows of Divine wrath. The righteousness of Christ implanted in us, fortifies the heart against the attacks of Satan. Resolution must be as greaves, or armour to our legs; and to stand their ground or to march forward in rugged paths, the feet must be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Motives to obedience, amidst trials, must be drawn from a clear knowledge of the gospel. Faith is all in all in an hour of temptation. Faith, as relying on unseen objects, receiving Christ and the benefits of redemption, and so deriving grace from him, is like a shield, a defence every way. The devil is the wicked one. Violent temptations, by which the soul is set on fire of hell, are darts Satan shoots at us. Also, hard thoughts of God, and as to ourselves. Faith applying the word of God and the grace of Christ, quenches the darts of temptation. Salvation must be our helmet. A good hope of salvation, a Scriptural expectation of victory, will purify the soul, and keep it from being defiled by Satan. To the Christian armed for defense in battle, the apostle recommends only one weapon of attack; but it is enough, the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. It subdues and mortifies evil desires and blasphemous thoughts as they rise within; and answers unbelief and error as they assault from without. A single text, well understood, and rightly applied, at once destroys a temptation or an objection, and subdues the most formidable adversary. Prayer must fasten all the other parts of our Christian armour. There are other duties of religion, and of our stations in the world, but we must keep up times of prayer. Though set and solemn prayer may not be seasonable when other duties are to be done, yet short pious prayers darted out, always are so. We must use holy thoughts in our ordinary course. A vain heart will be vain in prayer. We must pray with all kinds of prayer, public, private, and secret; social and solitary; solemn and sudden: with all the parts of prayer; confession of sin, petition for mercy, and thanksgiving for favours received. And we must do it by the grace of God the Holy Spirit, in dependence on, and according to, his teaching. We must preserve in particular requests, notwithstanding discouragements. We must pray, not for ourselves only, but for all saints. Our enemies are mighty, and we are without strength, but our Redeemer is almighty, and in the power of his mighty we may overcome. Wherefore we must stir up ourselves. Have not we, when God has called, often neglected to answer? Let us think upon these things, and continue our prayers with patience.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - With all prayer and supplication praying. The metaphor of armor is now dropped, but not the idea of the conflict, for what is now insisted on is of the most vital importance for successful warfare. Though prayer is virtually comprehended in most of the previous exhortations, it is now specifically enjoined, and in a great variety of ways; "all prayer and supplication," equivalent to every form of it, e.g., ejaculatory, secret, spoken, domestic, social, congregational. At all seasons. No period of life should be without it - youth, middle life, old age, all demand it; no condition of life - adversity, prosperity, sunshine, desolation, under sore temptation, under important duty, under heavy trial, under all the changing circumstances of life, personal, social, Christian. See the hymn-

"Go, when the morning shineth;
Go, when the noon is bright;
Go, when the day declineth;
Go, in the hush of night."
In the Spirit; for true prayer is spiritual, and it is not true prayer unless by the Holy Spirit the heart is filled with heavenward longings and aspirations, changing our prayer from cold form to heartfelt realities. The ordinary habit of the soul should be prayerful, realizing the presence of God and looking for his grace and guidance. And watching thereunto; that is, "towards" spirituality, against formality, as also against forgetfulness and neglect of prayer. Perhaps also the idea of watching for the answer is involved, as you wait for an answer when you have dispatched a letter. In all perseverance; this being very specially needed to make prayer triumphant, as in the case of the Syro-phoenician mother, or in that of Monica, mother of Augustine, and many more. And prayer for all saints; this being one of the great objects for which saints are gathered into the "one body" the Church, that they may be upheld and carried on, in warfare and in work, by mutual prayer, kept from slips and infirmities, and from deadly sins, and enabled one and all to "walk worthy of the vocation wherewith they are called."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit,.... The last weapon is prayer, and takes in all sorts of prayer, mental and vocal, public and private; and every branch of it, as deprecation of evils, petitions for good things, and thanksgiving for mercies: and which should be used always: this stands opposed to such who pray not at all, or who have prayed, but have left it off; or who pray only in distress, and it suggests, that a man should pray as often as he has an opportunity; and particularly, that he should make use of it in times of darkness, desertion, and temptation: and this, when performed aright, is performed "in the Spirit"; with the heart, soul, and spirit engaged in it; it is put up with a true heart, and a right spirit, and without hypocrisy; in a spiritual way, and with fervency, and under the influence, and by the assistance of the Spirit of God.

And watching thereunto; either to the word, as a direction for prayer, or to prayer itself; for opportunities to pray for the assistance of the Spirit in prayer, for an answer of it, and to return thanks for blessings when bestowed; and against all dependence on it, and against Satan's temptations, and our own corruptions with respect to it:

with all perseverance; in it, notwithstanding what Satan and an unbelieving heart may suggest to the contrary:

and supplication for all saints; of every nation, age, sex, and condition, in all places, and of every denomination. So Christ taught his disciples to pray, saying, our Father, suggesting, that they were not only to pray for themselves, but for all the children of God.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. always—Greek, "in every season"; implying opportunity and exigency (Col 4:2). Paul uses the very words of Jesus in Lu 21:36 (a Gospel which he quotes elsewhere, in undesigned consonance with the fact of Luke being his associate in travel, 1Co 11:23, &c.; 1Ti 5:18). Compare Lu 18:1; Ro 12:12; 1Th 5:17.

with all—that is, every kind of.

prayer—a sacred term for prayer in general.

supplication—a common term for a special kind of prayer [Harless], an imploring request. "Prayer" for obtaining blessings, "supplication" for averting evils which we fear [Grotius].

in the Spirit—to be joined with "praying." It is he in us, as the Spirit of adoption, who prays, and enables us to pray (Ro 8:15, 26; Ga 4:6; Jude 20).

watching—not sleeping (Eph 5:14; Ps 88:13; Mt 26:41). So in the temple a perpetual watch was maintained (compare Anna, Lu 2:37).

thereunto—"watching unto" (with a view to) prayer and supplication.

with—Greek, "in." Persevering constancy ("perseverance") and (that is, exhibited in) supplication are to be the element in which our watchfulness is to be exercised.

for all saints—as none is so perfect as not to need the intercessions of his fellow Christians.

Ephesians 6:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
Pray Continually
18With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,…
Cross References
Mark 13:33
Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.

Luke 18:1
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

Acts 1:14
They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

Romans 8:26
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Colossians 1:3
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,

Colossians 1:4
because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God's people--

Colossians 4:2
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

1 Thessalonians 5:17
pray continually,

1 Timothy 2:1
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people--

Jude 1:20
But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,
Treasury of Scripture

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Praying.

Ephesians 1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

Job 27:10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call on God?

Psalm 4:1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: you have enlarged …

Psalm 6:9 The LORD has heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.

Isaiah 26:16 LORD, in trouble have they visited you, they poured out a prayer …

Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his …

Luke 3:26,37 Which was the son of Maath, which was the son of Mattathias, which …

Luke 18:1-7 And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always …

Luke 21:36 Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy …

Acts 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with …

Acts 6:4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry …

Acts 10:2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave …

Acts 12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing …

Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication …

Colossians 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

2 Timothy 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience…

supplication.

1 Kings 8:52,54,59 That your eyes may be open to the supplication of your servant, and …

1 Kings 9:3 And the LORD said to him, I have heard your prayer and your supplication, …

Esther 4:8 Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that was given …

Daniel 9:20 And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and …

Hosea 12:4 Yes, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made …

1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, …

Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh…

in the.

Ephesians 2:22 In whom you also are built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour on the house of David, and on the inhabitants of …

Romans 8:15,26,27 For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but …

Galatians 4:6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son …

Jude 1:20 But you, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, …

watching.

Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed …

Mark 13:33 Take you heed, watch and pray: for you know not when the time is.

Mark 14:38 Watch you and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit truly …

Luke 21:36 Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy …

Luke 22:46 And said to them, Why sleep you? rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.

Colossians 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be you therefore sober, and …

all perseverance.

Genesis 32:24-28 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until …

Matthew 15:25-28 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me…

Luke 11:5-8 And he said to them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall …

Luke 18:1-8 And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always …

supplication. See on ver.

Ephesians 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my …

Ephesians 1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

Ephesians 3:8,18 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given…

Philippians 1:4 Always in every prayer of my for you all making request with joy,

1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, …

Colossians 1:4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which …

Philemon 1:5 Hearing of your love and faith, which you have toward the Lord Jesus, …

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