Read Ephesians 1:15-23
That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength! (Ephesians 1:15-19 MSG)
I remember being at a retreat some time back and we were having a closing time of ministry — an opportunity for anyone to come forward and be prayed for by members of the retreat team. I was on the team and several people from the small group I led came forward seeking prayer. It was a powerful time and I remember passionately praying for God’s power to be made known in and through their lives. Shortly after, however, I came to the start realization that I rarely prayed the same way for the people I was serving day-to-day as their pastor. I certainly prayed for them, but not with this same kind of passion and conviction and certainty of what God could and would do. That realization changed me. I don’t want to reserve my confidence in God for special occasions. God is ALWAYS powerful, compassionate, mighty, loving, strong… and God wants to express all those things in and through us. So why not be open to it? I am learning to pray differently now… not in a wild or demonstrative way. I don’t beg and plead using big fancy words to try somehow convince God to work. Instead, I am learning to pray with confidence that God is already at work and that I and those I am praying for would be open to breadth and depth of what God wants to do in and through our lives.
How do you pray?