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8 January 2019
At the beginning of 2019, we look at five passages from Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. Today we read an example of an astonishing prayer that will get us praying too.
Today’s post is the second in a series of five posts. Follow our blog this week and pray along:
- Day 1: Overwhelming blessing
- Day 2: Available power
- Day 3: Supernatural unity
- Day 4: Prepared for growth
- Day 5: No no-go areas
Available power | Ephesians 1:15–23
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. (Ephesians 1:15–17)
The astonishing beginning to this prayer should get us praying too! According to Paul, Christians are people who trust in Jesus and who love other Christians, so we can follow his example in thanking God for one another and asking God to help us to get to know him better. This is a great way to be starting the new year. So why not look at verses 15–17 again and pray for the Above Bar Church family? You could start like this:
Father, thank you for my brothers and sisters in Jesus. This is what I want to pray for them…
Time to read more?
• Read Ephesians 1:18–21 in your Bible
There are two main things Paul prays for other Christians. I have to admit that I very rarely prayed these things for you in 2018. So I want to begin doing it now! First, he prays that they will ‘know their hope’. This is about us getting excited about the fantastic future God has prepared for us: ‘the riches of his glorious inheritance’. And second, Paul prays that they will experience God’s power, which is the same power that ‘raised Christ from the dead’! All of us are aware of our weakness; let’s open ourselves up to God’s power.
Let’s look at verses 18–21 again and pray for ourselves and for everyone at Above Bar Church. You could begin like this:
Father, there’s two things I want to pray for me in 2019…
And Father, I want to pray these two things for the whole church family…
• Read Ephesians 1:20–22 in your Bible
Look at how Paul describes the Jesus we have come to know! He is ‘far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked’, and ‘God has placed all things under his feet’. And this is our Jesus! Why not take a moment to worship him? As you look at verses 20–22 you might start like this:
Lord Jesus, I bow in your presence because you are Lord…