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A Prayer for the Ephesians
14 For this reason, I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
The past few weeks, had me come back to the Lord’s prayer more often than ever before. And in an interesting way, at least for me, had me question my own prayer life. What do I really pray for? That is one question that has pushed me into this rewrite of my prayer life in a way.
Maybe like most of you, I follow a certain model for my prayers, you know … give thanks to God, pray for his will, bring on my needs and so on. Sometimes when I am in a rush just stick with the essentials, mainly needs. But the Lord’s prayer has challenged me somehow. And finding Paul’s prayer in Ephesians has in a way cemented me in my quest to reshape my prayer life.
Here is the gist of it: Prayer is not about us, but is about God in us. When we pray we enter a new dimension of our life, a place where God is not just at the center of it but a place that is filled or to be filled by God. Sometimes that is a space of trust, of faith. Sometimes is a place of reliance and resilience. Prayer is really the place where God is working on restoring our lives. It’s like a complete makeover if we allow it to be!
That is Paul’s prayer that people will get not only to encounter God but also get to experience the depth and power of God. As one discovers God to make more room for it. Prayer is not about a list or a pattern, prayer is about discovery.
So today I pray that you will discover God in your prayer in a new and challenging way.