My Grandmother prayed for all us kids. After she died I wondered “who will fill in the gap, did anyone pick up her prayer list?” What did she pray for each of us? In Ephesians 1, verses 15 through 23, we have an amazing passage of scripture that gives us insight on how to pray for those who are called in Christ.
First of all Paul remarks that he had heard about a group of people’s faith and their love for the saints. He then writes that he never stops giving thanks for them, “remembering you in my prayers.” (Ephesians 1:16)
Let’s pause for a moment and thank the Lord for our family of believers and their love for the saints. Let us even go a step further and thank the Lord for our loved ones who do not believe.
Paul then asks for them to be given the “Spirit of wisdom and revelation” not to become the next Einstein, to be idolized or famous, not to become distracted with their abilities or anyone else’s – but to know Jesus better!
Let us pray for our focus to be on knowing Christ better, all else is secondary.
Let us pray for those who don’t know him, that they will come to know him.
He goes on to ask that “the eyes of our heart be enlightened”, not for what we might desire in the natural but “in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:18,19).
What is our hope?
What are the riches of his glorious inheritance?
What is this power for us who believe?
Let us pray for our eyes to be enlightened to this hope, inheritance and power.
Paul goes on to tell us that this “power” is the same power that raised Christ from the dead, and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms….” (Ephesians 1:20) This same power is ours, and it is a “mighty strength” (Ephesians 1:19).
Let us thank God that His power is within us, that we can draw strength from Him and pray for others – that they will too.
Do not despair, pray.
Have a listen to an old familiar song by Stephen Curtis Chapman “Let us Pray”.