4-Prayers God Will Answer
Here are four prayers God gave to the Apostle Paul to pray for his Christian brothers & sisters.
Ephesians 1:17-23 Ephesians 3:14-21
Philippians 1: 9-11 Colossians 1:9-14
He wrote them in his letters to the Ephesians, Colossians and to the Philippians. We can be confident these are prayers we can pray for ourselves and family members and that God wants to, and will answer. When you pray for yourself, personalize it by inserting me or my whenever it says you or your. If you’re going to pray it for someone else use his or her name wherever it is appropriate. As you pray these prayers, sometimes they will help you to think better and you may even feel better, but that’s not what the purpose is. You are agreeing with God and inviting Him to do these very things. Usually by the second week you begin experiencing those things happening to you and in you. This is not some formula or ritual, but simply a prayer that allows the power of transformation to occur because we agree with what God wants to do.
To get you started, here are the two prayers in Ephesians, written out for you in the first person.
I pray that you, God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, would give me a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of You, having the eyes of my heart enlightened, that I may know what is the hope to which You have called me, what are the riches of Your glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of Your power in me, who believe according to the working of Your great might which you accomplished in Christ when You raised him from the dead and made him sit at Your right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come, and You have put all things under his feet and have made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
God, according to the riches of Your glory, I ask that I be strengthened with might through Your Spirit in the inner man, and that Christ would dwell in my heart through faith; that I, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that I may be filled with all of Your fulness. Now to You, who by the power at work within me is able to do far more abundantly than all that I ask or think, to You be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen!
We usually want prayer to be a quick fix. Sometimes it can feel like that. But what we need is often deeper than what we ask God for. These prayers ask for more than a present need, they ask for a revelation and knowledge of His love for us and assurance of our identity in Him. I learned about how these prayers bring change to our lives as I’ve been with my Dad as he has counseled many people. Some have chosen not to do the homework of praying these prayers everyday because they are in such a crisis they don’t see the relevance and are only interested in sympathy and a quick fix. But those who have taken the challenge of consistently praying these four prayers everyday have seen transformation in their lives within weeks. The question is how serious are we about finding help? It may seem easier to pay money and spend energy searching for help in hopes of finding a solution. But are we ready to do something that doesn’t cost us any money? If so then get out the note cards and write them out so you can keep them handy. Then consistently pray them daily as if it is a prescription from a doctor and see what happens after a few weeks.
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