Praying Through Ephesians ~ Ephesians 3:1-13

Praying Through Ephesians ~ Ephesians 3:1-13.

Praying Through Ephesians ~ Ephesians 3:1-13.

{ Paul begins this chapter preparing to pray for us. (“For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles–” vs. 3:1). This first verse isn’t even a complete sentence! It’s almost as if he is heading to the floor to kneel and pray, but then pauses and decides he needs to drive home this one truth once more before he prays because it’s that important to Paul that we get it!! And, I’m so thankful he did, for finally I do get it!! } Let’s pray,

Heavenly Father, I find myself this week so in awe of You- absolute awed for so many reasons! I marvel at the complexity of all You created; just looking at our human bodies and how every little cell is uniquely fitted together for an important purpose- a unique role in which the body would suffer without each member functioning as it should. Father, I marvel that a united body with Christ Jesus as our head was always Your will even before the foundations of the world were laid, yet You chose to keep it a mystery until Christ suffered and rose once more and the New Testament church began.

I must admit what struck me most this week was how important revealing this mystery to all of us was to Paul. Paul, with all his superior education and background was willing to take on the role of a servant and even prisoner, for the very reason of making known this great mystery to all believers! It was that important to You and why You called him, therefore it became that important to Paul! If only my heart would beat like Paul’s for the things that are most important for you!

What also broke my heart this week, was realizing that Paul was imprisoned because Your children were not willing to accept this great Truth. I clearly saw this week how from the very beginning until now, Your children are not willing to live as one and how this must break Your heart, Father.

O Father, I cannot speak for all believers, I can’t change their hearts or minds, but I do pray that the unity among Your children will begin in me. I ask that You will always keep me mindful of how great Your desire for each of Your children to live as one is, and being motivated by my love for You, Father I would seek to live at peace with all my brothers and sisters in Christ.

O Father, I pray that in the days ahead you’ll give us even greater understanding as we come to Paul’s prayer, and that we’ll begin to see the fruit as we pray for ourselves and one another. Please continue to bless this group, each one who knows and loves You. Please continue to knit our hearts as one. May the oneness we have with You and one another continue to deepen because of the time we spend in Your Word and in sharing our discoveries.

And Father, as I close, I feel compelled to pray for those who still do not know you as Savior. I ask that one day very soon they too, will enter into an incredible relationship with You and other believers! That they too, will see and experience the wonderful truth of this mystery now revealed which is the unity among us all. This I pray Father, all for Your glory in Jesus name. Amen.

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