14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19
Over the last month I’ve written about prayer. I’ve encouraged you to pray whenever you need to, wherever, and with whomever (or nobody at all) – as it should be.
As we’ve discussed elsewhere, the best prayers in the world are in the Bible. We’ve read them many times and are often surrounded by descriptive text. I’m referring mostly to many of the letters that Paul wrote. What better way to pray to God then to personalize and pray it to Him. Of course, it could become rote if you did it often enough, much like the Lord’s Prayer has become ritualistic in some circles. But there are so many prayers that you would only return to it every six months or so.
Look at Paul’s prayer for the believers in Ephesus, beginning in verse 16. Imagine if you were to pray that over your church leadership during a prayer time at your church!
Think about those words. Apply them to someone in your circle of friends. They are so rich in depth and meaning. Commit it to memory. You won’t regret doing so.