I have recently been moved by reading the prayers of the Apostle Paul which are found in so many of his letters. For example, when Paul communicates to the church in Ephesus he writes these staggering words; Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. (Eph 1:15-19)
I ask that you would read through the prayer again and note the nature of Paul’s petition. Paul doesn’t simply pray that his friends in modern day Turkey would be blessed in their circumstances, have harmonious family lives, receive that well-deserved promotion or much sought after healing. Rather, he prays that God would transform their lives through a revelation of his power and grace. However, rather than simply comparing this prayer to our own, I encourage you to adopt Paul’s values and vision as we continue to seek God for our loved ones?
Yours and His, Gareth.