Ephesians 6:18

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Ephesians 6:18

Praying alwayes with all prayer and supplication in the spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseuerance, and supplication for all Saints,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

with all prayer and supplication praying at all seasons in the Spirit, and watching thereunto in all perseverance and supplication for all the saints,
- American Standard Version (1901)

With prayers and deep desires, making requests at all times in the Spirit, and keeping watch, with strong purpose, in prayer for all the saints,
- Basic English Bible

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;
- Darby Bible

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

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,
- Weymouth 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:
- World English Bible

Bi al preier and bisechyng preie ye al tyme in spirit, and in hym wakinge in al bisynesse, and bisechyng for alle hooli men, and for me;
- Wycliffe Bible

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 --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Ephesians 6:18

Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 6:18

6:18 Praying always - At all times, and on every occasion, in midst of all employments, inwardly praying without ceasing. By the Spirit - Through the influence of the Holy Spirit. With all prayer - With all sort of prayer, public, private, mental, vocal. Some are careful in respect of one kind of prayer, and negligent in others. If we would have the petitions we ask, let us use all. Some there are who use only mental prayer or ejaculations, and think they are in a state of grace, and use a way of worship, far superior to any other: but such only fancy themselves to be above what is really above them; it requiring far more grace to be enabled to pour out a fervent and continued prayer, than to offer up mental aspirations. And supplication - Repeating and urging our prayer, as Christ did in the garden. And watching - Inwardly attending on God, to know his will, to gain power to do it, and to attain to the blessings we desire. With all perseverance - Continuing to the end in this holy exercise. And supplication for all the saints - Wrestling in fervent, continued intercession for others, especially for the faithful, that they may do all the will of God, and be steadfast to the end. Perhaps we receive few answers to prayer, because we do not intercede enough for others.

People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 6:18

Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication. No one can wield the sword of the Spirit rightly without constant prayer. In the Spirit. As spiritual men. With . . . supplication for all saints. Our supplications are not to be for ourselves only, but for all the people of God.

Discussion for Ephesians 6

  • Pottayil VARKEY Thomas on Ephesians 6:18
    Is there heirarchy in heaven?
  • CRISTA on Ephesians 6:18
    some people say that praying in the Spirit means praying in tongues, is this true?
  • Dianne - in Reply on Ephesians 6:18
    Yes there is prayer with understanding and prayer in the spirit.
  • Chris - in Reply on Ephesians 6:18
    That's not necessarily so. One can be so moved & engaged with the Holy Spirit that his prayers can become so vibrant & focussed. He may find himself using a gift of other tongues or his earthly language in such prayer. Also see 1 Corinthians 14:14-16, where the instruction concerns the use of other tongues - he can pray in the spirit (tongues) or he can choose to pray with understanding (using his own language or also having the gift of Interpretation of that tongue). And in the Church, interpretation must be given, whether in some utterance or in prayer, so that the Church might receive the Word & be blessed.
  • Dianne - in Reply on Ephesians 6:18
    Chris its interesting that your statements are delivered with absolution.
  • Chris - in Reply on Ephesians 6:18
    Thank you Dianne: I'll accept that as given. I do tend to speak (or write), with 'absolution' or rather, a firm conviction because I've had to deal with many of these issues myself, have had to study them & sometimes deliver a message on them. One has to have a firm conviction, yet if that is opposed (which is the proper thing to do at times), then the response needs to also be given from the Word with equal conviction, so that it may be properly considered. I have to admit that at times, an answer given me has stumped me & required me to search further in the Word.

    Often, I've wished that folk would follow through with a 'why I believe my view is correct' based on critical examination of Scripture, but I know that time & knowledge may not be available to them. But I do enjoy searching the Scriptures with my brothers & sisters in Christ here on this Site - I think we are benefited in our study & consideration of them & one another's views. Blessings.
  • Steven on Ephesians 6:18
    I think the phrase "in the Spirit" would be more uniquely meaningful if rendered "in (the) spirit". Meaning, our human spirit. For this is where we contact God. God is not only "in" our spirit but also "mingled" with it: "He who is joined to the Lord is on spirit". When interpreted in this way it removes all question of how to pray in "the Spirit", which, properly, would be interpreted as in The Spirit of God; i.e. the Holy Spirit. It should be obvious that we must be in The Spirit when we pray but the issue is this: where is that, specificall, and how do we enter there or, for that matter, how do we know when we are there?
  • It has been my experience that this is about realizing that EVERY thought in our head is indeed its own prayer, and we are to be MINDFUL of God and nothing else, so as to fervently watch that we do not blaspheme the Holy Spirit. Unceasingly means... we hold all thoughts captive to Christ... and CHRIST alone... it is NOT a religious mantra... God is THAT much every moment of every day.


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