With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit… (Ephesians 6:18)
Paul’s command to pray here includes two important facets. He first says to pray “with all prayer and petition.” John MacArthur writes that this means that we can pray
publicly or privately; in loud cries, in soft whispers, or silently; deliberately and planned or spontaneously; while sitting, standing, kneeling, or even lying down; at home or in church; while working or while traveling; with hands folded or raised; with eyes open or closed; with head bowed or erect. … We can pray wherever we are and in whatever situation we are in. … For the faithful, Spirit–filled Christian, every place becomes a place of prayer.
Next, Paul says to “pray at all times,” echoing his command to the Thessalonians to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). This means that we must
live in continual God consciousness, where everything we see and experience becomes a kind of prayer, lived in deep awareness of and surrender to our heavenly Father. (MacArthur)
Finally, he says to pray “in the Spirit.” Praying at all times it not something we accomplish out of mere will-power, but something the flows out of relationship (Eph. 5:18). Praying in the Spirit is not some mystical power we need to pursue, but an act of humility that recognizes that we do not know how to pray and need the Spirit’s help to pray (Rom. 8:26-27).
Pray today that we would be people of prayer—that our devotion to prayer would not just be for this period of 40 days, but that we would continually devote ourselves to prayer (Acts 2:42). Pray that we would seek God’s will, guidance, and help in everything we do, praying at all times and in all places.