"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." Ephesians 6:18
Having read Ephesians 6 often, I got new revelations as I read it today. I see there is a pattern here on prayer. What does Paul say in his letter to the church in Ephesus? It is, we are to pray. Prayer is powerful and the first thing mentioned is to "pray in the Spirit". Praying in the spirit means that we are to be filled by the Holy Spirit power and that our prayers are made not by human flesh, but by the power of the Spirit. Second point was that there are many kinds of prayer. As I teach Prayer 101, I have categorized prayer into five areas: petition prayer, intercessory prayer, spiritual warfare and praying for baptism with the Holy Spirit. There are many kinds of prayer but these are the major categories. Then it says to “be alert”. This means to always be aware with your spiritual eyes. It means to be able to clearly see the schemes and plans of the enemy and to be able to come against it. Then the last thing is to “keep on praying”. To me it means to be praying continuously thought the day. Prayer of thanksgiving, praying for others, praying to confess our shortcomings...pray, pray, pray. What this all sums up to me is that we are to be in communication with God, all the time and just as we would be talking to a friend if we were in a car going somewhere, we talk to God in the same way. We share our frustrations, our joys, we share everything we are going through. We speak, He speaks. That two way conversation is called a personal relationship with God through prayer.