Sometimes we find ourselves snapping awake, thinking, “I should pray…”
But then we don’t know where to start. The situation seems so far beyond us. We can’t cope.
Maybe we’ve felt for the longest time like we’re striving to get out of a fog, never knowing where it’ll end, and our prayers have been like sonar, “HELP!” and then we listen for an echo. “…help…” and we try to find our way.
I’ve recently started praying Paul’s prayers for the churches over my family. Boy, does it feel good to pray God’s word–even when I don’t understand it!
Take Ephesians 1:15-23 for example:
15 For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
Do I undertand all that? No way.
But I can pray it.
Father God, thank You that You have brought our family to faith in You. Give us a love for all Your saints. May we support each other in prayer. I ask that You, Father of glory, give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Open the eyes of our hearts that they may be enlightened and we may know the hope of Christ’s calling, and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.
Let us live in accordance with Your strength and might, brought about in Christ when You raised Him from the dead and seated Him at Your right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named–not only now, but forever and ever. All things You have put under Christ’s authority–including us!–and You have given Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body–which is us! Let Jesus reign over us! Let Him fill us to overflowing–God Himself, dwelling in us!
Thank You, Father
scripture quoted from NASB version. http://www.lockman.org