I believe the most
important people on this earth are those who can intercede for their
friends and loved ones. God desires that we pray one for another.
And the Bible says we can pray with power and confidence. First John
5:14 states, "And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that,
if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us." But how
can we know we're praying in the will of God. One thing I've learned
is to pray the prayers found in the Bible, using them as models. In
the book of Ephesians, Paul offered up a prayer for those he loved.
We can learn from and model his prayer as we pray for others.
Wouldn't it be a blessing to pray for your loved ones this way? He
Spiritual Wealth for Their Needfulness
He didnít pray for
financial wealth, but spiritual wealth. In verse eight he refers to
"the unsearchable riches of Christ." He says, "Oh, God, help them
know how rich they are. Help them understand the unsearchable riches
of Christ Jesus, to know the eternal purpose of God."
Do you know why your
kids get into worldliness? You may come to church three times a
week, sing in the choir, and give your tithe; but your kids are out
there dabbling in the world. It's because they don't know what they
have in the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that your children would realize
their spiritual wealth.
Godís Strength for Their Weakness
praying in verse sixteen, "That He [God] would grant you, according
to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His
Spirit in the inner man." Paul didnít pray, "Lord, help them to be
healthy." He said, "God, may they be strengthened with might in the
Fasten your heart
and mind upon that one you love and say, "Oh, God, make them strong
spiritually. Make them a giant for you. Give them might in the inner
Spiritual Depth for
In verse seventeen,
Paul prays for their depth: "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by
faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love." He's saying, "I
don't want you to be shallow Christians. I want you to be rooted. I
want you to be solid."
We should pray for
our loved ones to:
- "dwell" ó to be
at home with the Lord; and that the Lord be at home with them.
- "be rooted" ó to go deep
- "be grounded" ó to have a foundation they can stand on.
Perspective for their Narrowness
continues that they "may be able to comprehend with all saints what
is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the
love of Christ, which passeth knowledge Ö" (verses 18-19) He wants
them to have a broadness in their understanding of God. Heís not
saying be compromisingly broad, but broad enough to understand the
extent of Godís love.
Pray your loved ones
would know the breadth, length, depth, and height of His love. And
when they understand the fullness of Godís love, they can broaden
their love for those around them, as well.
Spiritual Fullness for Their Emptiness
Finally, Paul prays
"Öthat ye might be filled with all the fulness of God" (verse 19).
When somebody jostles you, whatever you're full of is going to spill
out. You're either going to be full of Jesus or you're going be full
of self. We are a blessing not when we're trying to be a blessing
but when we're just overflowing. So we pray for those we love, "Oh,
Lord, may they have Your fullness for their emptiness."
Pray through His Power and for His
When we pray in
Godís will, we tap into His great power. Verse twenty says, "Now
unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we
ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us." Sometimes,
you may pray and think your prayer is not answered. It's not because
your prayer exceeded God's power, but because God's plan exceeded
your prayer. So as you pray, glance at your problems but gaze at
And then we should
pray with His praise in mind: "Unto Him be glory in the church by
Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen" (verse
21). When you pray in God's will, through His power, and your
prayers are for the glory of God; you'll see things begin to happen.
Just try it!