Paul’s Effectual Prayer…
“I, Paul, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers…”
…”That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him (God); the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power towards us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.” (Ephesians 1:16-19)
What an example of a “prayer-warrior” was the Apostle Paul. Even as he sat alone in a cold prison cell, he wrote words of encouragement to his fellow believers assuring them that he was praying for them. Not only did he tell them that he was praying for them, he told them what he was praying for: spirit of wisdom, revelation, enlightenment, hope, riches in God’s glory, and exceeding greatness of his (God’s) power.
As I read this passage last night, it dawned on me that this is the exact prayer I need to be praying for my family and for our nation. More than ever, we need our lives to be saturated in God’s spirit of wisdom. We need a fresh on-going revelation of God’s will upon our lives. We need our eyes to be opened to understanding. We need to be filled with the hope of His calling upon our lives. We need to trust in the riches of His glory we have as his saints. And, we need to be empowered in his powerful greatness. We are heirs to a heavenly kingdom! Amen…
Oh my friend, I fully understand where you are coming from when you feel so overwhelmed by circumstances in your life. Like me there are time when you wonder if God even cares and if he even listens anymore to our prayers…But, I can assure you that if the Apostle Paul maintained joyous hope in Christ while sitting alone in a prison cell waiting to be executed, you and I can have that same sustaining faith in the hope of our call in Christ Jesus as well. For God is not a respecter of persons. He will reveal himself to those who seek after Him in Spirit and in Truth. For Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life; the very life that we seek after.
Put your circumstances in God’s hands. Allow Him to rule your heart and life with His spirit of wisdom and knowledge. Delight yourself in his riches in glory. Feel the power of His resurrection flowing through your body…Give it all; give it all to Jesus…After all, only God knows the future and what all it holds for me and for you.
Today, want you pray with me Paul’s prayer for your own life, your loved ones, and for our nation…After all, it is a very effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man that availeth much! (James 5:16).
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T. Rollins, Author