Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Prayers of Paul

Ephesians 1:16-20

"Do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places."

Ephesians 3:14-19

"For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height-to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God."

These prayers apply to us today just as much as they did to the believers at Ephesus, because they were given by the Holy Spirit. You can and should apply these prayers in your daily lives. You can read them and personalize them by saying "me" wherever Paul said "you." We must have the spirit of wisdom and revelation of Christ and His Word if we are to grow. It is not going to be imparted to us through our intellect, either. The Holy Spirit must unveil it to us.

These prayers are also good to be praying for others as well. I want to challenge you to read these prayers to yourself over and over again.


Brian Miller said...

love me some Paul

Shelley Manning said...

Great post Brad...A good thought to start the day!