How do you pray? What do you pray for?
Do a Google search for “great prayers of the Bible” and this passage from Ephesians will be present. Paul is praying for the community – the church at Ephesus (the “you’s” are plural). His prayer is one of the greatest in the whole of the Bible in my opinion…Just ponder for a moment what he is praying for regarding the church at Ephesus: greater inner strength from the Holy Spirit; Christ’s presence in their hearts; the extent of God’s love for them; fullness of life with God…all from a God who is able to do more than we often give him credit for. Can you imagine what a day would be like with this kind of spiritual life?
Problem is…we often allow road blocks to get in the way…maybe you think it is too good to be true – what Paul says really would be wonderful but that’s asking a lot for me to believe. Or, the God we pray to is a small God instead of one who “is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope”…we pray too small. Or, we doubt because of previously unmet expectations.
Is this prayer of Paul’s just flowery words or do you really believe in a God who can far exceed anything you and I can imagine. Do we place God in a box – a confined space…our box – when it comes to how we pray and what we pray for? How about as a church?
Do we have the faith to pray like Paul to imagine what God could do with First Pres? Amen.