Our key text for today comes out of Ephesians 1:15 — 19 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of our Glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 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, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power
Often when we pray, it’s all about us — our needs and our wants. Whereas our needs are significant, we must not forget the importance, as illustrated by Apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians, of praying for others. We learn in this passage that Paul was so excited to hear of the faith exuded by the people of Ephesus that he ceased not — did not stop — thanking God for them and mentioning them in his prayers. Paul did not simply stop at, “Thank You, Lord, that they have faith in You.” He specifically and fervently prayed for the Ephesians to have: wisdom, revelation, the ability to comprehend the magnitude of God’s greatness, and understand how they are heirs to that power and greatness. Paul’s dedication in praying for others is pretty intense and impressive all at the same time. It is certainly a lesson in selflessness and an example of yet another way to truly love our neighbors. How strong and close-knit do you think Christian community would be if we actually made mention of each other in our prayers without ceasing? Let’s find out.
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