One of the most frustrating things can be prayer. I know we all struggle to find the time to pray but do you find that when you do pray that sometimes you don’t know what to pray?I find this especially true that I don’t know what to pray for the people at my church.
One of the things that I do when I don’t know what to pray is pray one of Paul’s prayers (e.g. 1 Thessalonians 1:3:9-13 ,2 Thessalonians 1:1-12, Colossians 1:9-14, Philippians 1:9-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Ephesians 3:14-21, Romans 15:14-33). What could be better than praying the prayers that are in scripture for each other?
The prayer that I like most our of the above list is Ephesians 3:14-21. It reads:
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
The two things Paul is praying for is firstly, that the Ephesians would have Christ dwell in their heart more. This is akin to asking God to change their life so they are more centered on him. And secondly, that they would know the love Christ more and more. What great prayers to pray!
Next time you are praying why not pray this prayer for the people at your church if you get stuck for things to pray for?
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