June 7, 2008

How to Pray for The Saints

Don't take my title to say this is going to be the only way and the complete list of items you are to use when praying for fellow believers. This is the start of what Paul told the church at Ephesus he prayed to God about on their behalf. Remember Paul said in Eph. 1:16 "I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers." He goes on in verse 17-19 to explain the things he prays for. Here is a list of things he said he prayed to "the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory", asking Him to give the Ephesians:

a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of their hearts enlightened, that they may know what is the hope to which He had called them, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power towards those who believe

To break it down even more for myself, Paul prayed for wisdom and revealing knowledge. I remember thinking that song, "Open the Eyes of my Heart, Lord" was goofy. Eyes of my heart? But right here in scripture Paul uses that phrase, "Having the eyes of their hearts enlightened." Paul prayed that the believers at Ephesus would understand God, the hope of His calling, the riches of His glorious inheritance, and the immeasurable greatness of His power.

I pray that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ may give your wisdom and knowledge to enlighten you in understanding the hope of His calling, the riches of His glorious inheritance, and the immeasurable greatness of his power.

Praise God for His Wisdom and Knowledge.