Let’s pray…

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 of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray 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 his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ 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 name that is invoked, 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, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Ephesians 1:16-23 NIV

I pray for anyone who reads my blog, I pray for my friends and coworkers, and I pray for my family and loved ones.  I pray for me. I pray for my churches and pastors along with the workers, I pray for the government and our land. I pray.

So, let’s talk about prayer. There are a million ways to pray – through songs, worship, playing instruments, talking, crying, making noise, asking for things, giving thanks, etc.  Maybe there is not enough room in this unlimited blog to thoroughly review prayer.  So, let me focus on how I pray for others.

Intercession.  I spent a lot of time last year learning about intercession (reading the Bible and other books on the subject). My goal was to be so good at intercession that my sweet friend would have a change in his life like Saul had on the road to Damascus – transformed into Paul.  Whoever was praying for him, I wish they had wrote a book.

My intercession for my sweet friend has not yet worked out so well. Today he messaged that he redecorated his island on Animal Crossing game. – This is not a Paul like report.
This is the news that my eyes see.  But my spirit sees God busy working. Sees the Angel with my answered prayer delayed due to spiritual battle like in the book of Daniel. Sees that God is setting the stage so that when he does this great miracle – no one will doubt it was an act of God and many will be saved.  (Cause I couldn’t just pray that he got his act together – oh no, I had to pray for the miracle!)   

Verse 16, above – “not stopped” and ‘remembering” and verse 17, above “I keep asking”.  Some days it is the same exact prayer. Like my pastor gets on social media prays psalm 91 every day during this pandemic.  There is something comforting to people to pray the same – Although, I wonder if God tires of hearing the same prayers.  (If he does, then he better hurry up and answer them – as some times I am tired of praying them – lol) Most days I mix it up a bit, the way I word my prayers and the verses I use to affirm my prayers.  But the essence of my prayer is the same – Save, revive, and do a mighty work in anyone who reads my blog, my friends and coworkers, my family and loved ones, me, my churches and pastors along with the workers, the government and our land and everyone.  (Praying for revival before Jesus returns for us!)

And then, continuing verse 17:  “may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.”
Wouldn’t it be great to have more wisdom right now, during this pandemic? Maybe some revelation about the big picture and God’s plan? How about all of that and knowing “the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father” better? Well, according to these verses we can pray this for ourselves and others! Amen! And since We are told to, we know he will hear us and it will be answered with a great big YES!

Let us also “pray 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 his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe” (verses 17-19)
No matter how much I study, my eyes are opened in different ways to different things each and every time. I pray that for you, and over everyone I pray for. That God lets the eyes of your understanding be open, that you can hear him speak to you through the reading. That it’s always timely and applicable to your life. That you fall in love with the word of God!

And “that you may know the hope to which he has called you”. We are here, because we are called for such a time as this.  I pray that you understand that and lend your hand to the good work you are called to do.

And Paul finishes up this passage with explaining who it is that we are called by. Who has called us?  I keep saying this generation needs a mighty God and Paul says here that he prays for people to understand God’s might and power! Here it is again: verses 19 -23
“and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.  And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”

I know, since the Bible tells me to pray this way – that my prayers are effective and I will soon see the mighty hand of God transform anyone who reads my blog, my friends and coworkers, my family and loved ones, me, my churches and pastors along with the workers, the government and our land – and everyone I pray for.
And I have heard – what about those who use “free will” and those who ‘refuse’? Someday I will tell you about Jonah who not only refused, but ran away! And as for the “free will”?
Yes – we have free will and God will not force us to love him. And I have one dear friend who always, stubbornly says because of his free will he will not obey God.  Will not obey the same Holy God who raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come? Does he really think he is more powerful than God? (I say he isn’t even more powerful than my prayers!) Maybe I need to pray that first part for him more – because Jesus is still in control, and when your understanding is opened you will freely choose the great Might and Love (and grace) of God.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” Eph 3:20 KJV
And so I use this verse to end most of my prayers. I say, Lord please do what I have asked or do exceeding abundantly above all that I ask or think! In Jesus Name!

We are called for such a time as this – as here we are and it is this time. Pray. Pray. Pray.
Some of us will be preacher and some teachers, some will be servers and some will be prophets, but all of us are to pray. And pray effective prayers that shall not fail!

Grace be with you ~Thank you for reading ~ be healthy and blessed ~ Pray for our nation ~ pray Psalm 91