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December 28, 2012 - Two Powerful Prayers

By Doug Clay

Have you ever found it difficult to bridge the gap between what you believe and how you live?

The Book of Ephesians is addressed to a group of believers who were incredibly rich in Christ, yet they were living as beggars because they were ignorant of their wealth.

Paul starts this book by taking time to remind the Ephesians about their spiritual wealth! Things like adoption, redemption, forgiveness and being sealed by the Holy Spirit. He then encourages them to draw upon these huge spiritual endowments and put them into practice in their life and in the church.

On two occasions in this epistle, Paul prayed for the Ephesians. In these prayers Paul showed us how we can pray for ourselves and for others we care about.

Let's take a couple of minutes and pray each of these prayers out loud.

You might pray this first prayer with your own spiritual growth in mind:

"Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God's people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God's power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God's right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself" (Ephesians 1:15-23, NLT).

You could pray this next prayer with other believers and loved ones in focus:

"When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God's love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen" (Ephesians 3:14-21).

A good way to make a great day is to start it in prayer.

-- Doug Clay is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God.



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