January 30, 2018: Lord Teach us to Pray

January 30, 2018: Lord teach us to pray.
Ephesians 1:15-21 (NIV)
15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,
20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,
21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

God is so incredibly gracious to us to teach us not only that we should pray, but he also instructs in what to pray. If you are having a hard time as to what you should pray for those who walk with Christ then here is a great list to begin with.

Take a moment to thank God for all those you know that are seeking to follow Christ and obey his Word.

Ask God to give each one of them the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that they might know him better. If they don’t suddenly find their love for Christ enough go ahead and keep on asking. It is ok to keep bothering God with this request because Paul did the same thing. He considered this knowing God to be the essential thing in his life so he prayed that for everyone else until they got it.

Then perhaps there are those in your life that are just barely existing in the faith. They have been battered by the enemy and their own sin and they are barely clinging. How should you pray for them? Once again the Scriptures instruct us, even in this situation.

Pray that they would come to know the incredibly great power that is now theirs in Christ by his resurrection from the dead. In fact, it is true that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is now available to all followers of Christ who desire this power that will enable them to know Him more.

O, church what would happen if we decide to pray these simple things for every believer in the church we are a part? I for one would like to know, so why don’t we obey just this simple instruction and commence to pray for all the saints.

May the Lord Jesus help us to know Him better and to experience his great power over sin and death,

Pastor Phil

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