Friday, June 19, 2009

Paul's prayer with understanding

Please be blessed and encouraged by Paul's thanksgiving and prayer . He prayed with the understanding of his position in Christ.

(Ephesians 1 -15 :23)

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[f] 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.

22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.(NIV)

The way Paul thanked God and prayed was not to regurgitate the knowledge or mimicking the methods he gleaned from christian books on prayer (in fact, Paul wrote this letter to the Ephesians), but as a result of his relationship with the living God; as a result of allowing the Spirit of Truth resident in him to be his teacher, which then overflowed out as an expression of thanksgiving and prayer. Rejoice.

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