Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom

As MPs, we are a group committed to praying for our children and families. We want to see straying children return to God and those that have not strayed to continue growing in their faith. Our desire is for families to be united and serving God. But do we pray for each other as believing Christians to be transformed from self-centeredness to God-centeredness? Paul did.
The apostle Paul prayed for the faithful saints in Ephesus to be radically changed, to be transformed in their relationship with God in Christ Jesus. Notice he prayed for the FAITHFUL saints of Ephesus. Why would he pray for those faithful people? Weren’t they already doing good? Probably, but he wanted them to become more God-centered. 
Paul writes in Ephesians 1 about how God the Father has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Through the blood of Christ Jesus believers have redemption and forgiveness of sins. Through Christ Jesus believers have obtained an inheritance with Him, filled with the grace of God. Believers are sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, guaranteeing our inheritance on the day of redemption, and it’s all for God’s glory! Open your Bibles to Ephesians 1:1-14 and read about these spiritual blessings that God pours into believers in Jesus Christ. Then read below the rest of the chapter.
Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.  Ephesians 1:15-23 (NKJV)
Whenever you see the word “therefore,” take note; something is to follow. It’s like a bridge that we must cross to get to the other side. Some words that substitute for therefore are consequently, so, as a result, for that reason. 
Paul tells the Ephesians that as a result of their faith in the Lord Jesus, he gives thanks for them and prays that God will reveal more of Himself to them. He continues his prayer, desiring for the eyes of their hearts to see God’s glorious visions and that they will understand the absolute power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
These verses contain a powerful prayer and it’s one that we should pray for each other. We as MPs want to see God’s blessings in the lives of our children, but maybe we should first pray for the explosion of God’s power into each other as believers who are parents. God blessed us with these magnificent spiritual blessings, THEREFORE, we should pray that we increase in our understanding of the riches of His glory given through Christ Jesus. We should pray that we will be transformed from self-centeredness to God-centeredness.
Together let’s commit to pray Ephesians 1:15-23 for each other and watch the power of God explode in each other’s lives as we realize “the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way.” Ephesians 1:23 (NIV) When we’ve prayed those words from Scripture, we will truly believe that our children are in good Hands. 

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