Sometimes our prayers for people can be shallow. We often use the phrase, “and bless” so and so. Our prayers for each other can be taken up with important, but kind of temporal requests for money, health, relationship problems and the like. It is so interesting to read exactly how Paul prayed for these saints in Ephesus. These are not the run of the mill prayer topics. They run deep – here are some of them.
Paul gives thanks and then asks for the following:
• That they would have the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.
• That they eyes of their understanding would be enlightened.
• That they would know what is the hope of His calling.
• That they would know what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance as saints.
• That they would know the exceeding greatness of His power toward those who believe. This is the power that raised Jesus at the resurrection and then elevated Him to the right hand of the Father above all principality and power and might and dominion and above every name in this age and in the ages to come.
• This power is in Christ and the focus of Christ is the Church. We are the Church and we are His body.
Now today I am going to pray this prayer for you and our Church. How about if you we all pray for our spouses, children this way. Pick out a few people in church and pray this prayer for them. Then lets all pray for our Church. This is the key to our Church being all God would want us to be.
Dear God, I thank you for my wife and children, my church family. Now God I pray that the eyes of their understanding would be enlightened. What a great thing this kind of supernatural enlightening would be for my kids and for all of us. I pray that we would all be more aware of the hope of Your calling. Your calling is not a burden, but it is the source of our great hope. God help us all to know and remember that we have been adopted into Your family and ours are riches of glory – an inheritance that is amazing. God help us to have a greater awareness of Your power in our lives and in our Church. Amen.
Reading for Day 11