Praying Through Ephesians ~ Eph 4:1-10
It’s clear this book of Ephesians was written to convey to all believers that God’s goal for His church is unity -“…as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth.”(v. 1:10).
After his prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21, Paul begins to emphasize this truth once more, but it wasn’t until I saw the connection between Eph 1:22-23 – “And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” And Eph 4:10, “He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.)” that I clearly saw God’s plan to accomplish this! It was one of those, “A-ha!” moments and without going into all the details, let me just give you the Lord’s formula for unity before we pray:
Our Complete Surrender -> Filling & Gifts Given -> Perfection & Unity among All
The Lord has made it so simple, all that is required of us is to surrender, yet it’s our selfish pride that is forever at war against that very thing! If only… Let’s pray:
Father, we humbly come before You with sincere and thankful hearts that we’ve been given access into Your presence at all times because of all Your Son has done on our behalf! We also thank You for Paul and again for this clear and simple truths that You have passed onto us through him, and the sense of urgency that is conveyed in Paul’s writing.
Help us to constantly remember each moment that You give grace to the humble, You honor and reward the humble, You bless the humble with abundant life! To the humble, You give Your Kingdom, but only judgment comes to the proud. In knowing all this, may our motivation still be to humble ourselves solely because of Your intense love in which You love us! Help us each day to honestly come before You and evaluate ourselves in the light of Your Son and each day come face to face with our self-indulgence and pride and confess our sins before You, so that You may lift us up.
Father, today we come asking that we would be found perfect and complete in all things. May each of us walk worthy of our call in Christ as we are strengthened in our inner being by the Holy Spirit. We ask as we humbly surrender our wills to You, that Christ will settles down and be at home in us. May we be filled with the fullness of Christ and possess the ability to accomplish exceeding abundantly above all we can possibly ask or imagine for Your praise and glory alone. Thank You Father for all You’ve done and all You are about to do in us and through us for the sake of uniting all things in Him. To You be all praise and glory forever and ever. Amen.