On Guard Against Satan: Watchful Prayer (Fri. Oct. 9)

The word of the day is “watchful. ” St. Paul closes his letter to the Ephesians with insights on prayer in today’s reading of Ephesians 6:18-24.  Just before our reading, Paul described the weapons that believers should use against the forces of wickedness (vs. 12).  Then fully armed,  the believers must stand guard, praying at all times with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” (vs. 18).  They must be “watchful” as the Lord admonished Peter in the Garden on the night of His arrest (Matt. 26:41). The Greek word for “watchful” refers to being awake and alert, not merely to ward off sleep but to achieve a purpose (Strong’s #69, 4). Thus, we must stand in prayer like the…