18Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.
19Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak. 21So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus will tell you everything. He is a dear brother and a faithful minister in the Lord. 22I am sending him to you for this very purpose, to let you know how we are, and to encourage your hearts. 23Peace be to the whole community, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24Grace be with all who have an undying love for our Lord Jesus Christ.
For the struggle that the author has just discussed, against the forces of evil in this world – forces we know all too well today – the people of Ephesus needed the power of the Spirit, as do we today. They, and we, should pray with and for the presence of the Spirit all the time, following God’s will as the Spirit guides us, in every prayer and every request we make of God. They, and we, should keep alert – pay attention to the presence of God around us, as well as to the places where false prophets claim to speak for God but do not. And pray for others, those who are being persecuted, driven from their homes, or who live in fear.
And then, in his closing speech, and this does sound very much like Paul, he says “Pray also for me.” He asks for prayers that he may make the message of the gospel known with boldness, even while imprisoned. He says he is sending Tychicus to tell them how he is doing. And finally, he sends peace and love to the whole community. “Grace be with all who have an undying love for our Lord Jesus Christ.”
I ask that you pray as well for me, as we come to the closing weeks of my ministry here at Big Pine. (Next week, we will back up to some passages regarding Ephesus in the book of Acts.)
attaching – more photos from Ephesus