This mantis looks to have been interrupted in his prayers! These alien-looking insects got their name from their prayer-like stance. These strange creatures are the only insects that can turn their heads 180 degrees! They may look like they are praying but in fact they are very alert and highly visual, noticing any disturbance in their environment. Even when flying at night some are able to avoid bats, detecting their echolocation sounds.
Today’s verse encourages the believer to pray on any and every occasion. This verse closes out the passage talking about how to fight the spiritual war. The battle we wage is not fought individually but in concert with others. Of course we pray for ourselves. We want strength, protection, and greater faith. But we are also to be praying for all of the Lord’s people facing the same challenges we do.
We are told to be alert. We need to have our “antennae” up and sensitive to needs around us. All it takes is to turn our head in a half circle to see someone who needs prayer. Our prayers lift up and encourage a fallen soldier. Praying for another encourages them to get back in the battle and to persevere.
I sometimes feel that praying for others is not as important as some of the other ways we serve Him. How often I have heard, (or said) “Well, I guess all I can really do is pray for her.” Are not our prayers the most important thing we can do?
Lord, make me a faithful prayer warrior today!