A PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL EMPOWERING
BY SHIRLEY RHODES
During the course of our lives, we all have had someone to pray for us. Prayer is the key that unlocks the door to our blessings, and when we learn that our purpose in life is to serve others, and we can truly be effective as a servant by praying in the Spirit for our fellowman, we are then moved to pray without ceasing.
Paul’s prayer for spiritual empowerment for the Ephesians was that they be united by the Spirit, indwelt by Christ, and filled with all the fullness of God’s love. We know that God made the Holy Spirit available to all who believed in Jesus Christ as Savior. The Spirit provides power for our new lives.
The Prayer that Paul prayed for Spiritual Empowerment was a beautiful and powerful prayer. Now
listen to Paul’s words as he spoke them in Ephesians 3:14-21:
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height.
To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God? Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
We find that in this text’s prayer, Paul asked that the Holy Spirit deepen His work in their lives in three ways:
1. That Christ would dwell–more literally, “be at home” in their hearts by faith, that is, that He would move from being an acquaintance to being the center of their church family;
2. That they would grasp God’s love at a spiritual level, beyond intellectual or theological knowledge.
3. That they would be filled with God’s fullness, that is, that the Holy Spirit would reveal the things of Christ (John 16) more fully, achieving God’s fuller work in each life unhindered, unquenched, un-grieved.
Now, what about you? We bless this prayer to you that it may spiritual empower you to reach your greatest potential, in Jesus name. Amen.
- Morning Prayer ~ October 24, 2012 (ronpogue.typepad.com)
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- Today’s Prayer – Facing Fears (mychristiancoffeeshop.wordpress.com)
- Praying For Outstanding Unmerited Grace To Be Baptized In The Fire Of The Holy Ghost. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- Morning Prayer ~ October 19, 2012 (ronpogue.typepad.com)
- Luke 10:21 – At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, (church4u2.wordpress.com)
- How to Pray for Your Enemies (sonlightdevotional.org)