15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 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. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Ephesians 1: 15-23
How often do you pray for the church and give thanks for brothers and sisters? Paul did not cease to give thanks for the brothers and sisters in Ephesus or perhaps he couldn’t stop thanking God for how devoted they are.
What do you pray for brothers and sisters besides having a good job, a smooth day, finding parking, or getting good grades? Verses 17-23 give you a good model prayer to follow.
What to pray for?
To receive the Spirit of wisdom
To know/to be enlightened – have our eyes of our hearts enlightened
To submit to Him
I challenge you to take a few minutes to pray this prayer for yourself right now. And I challenge you whenever you think of the brothers and sisters in Oakland you pray this prayer till at least Sunday. We shall witness the power of prayer and the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us together.
Dear Lord, Open our eyes to see your richness. Give us the wisdom to understand the salvation that you lavished upon us in all wisdom and insight. Amen!