A simple, predictable, monthly prayer list to engage, encourage, and equip our church to pray.
What better thing to shape our prayer life than God’s own Word? When we engage God’s Word, there are three key things we can do to get the most out of it. Read. Reflect. Respond. Read through the text. Reflect on what you just read. What stands out? What questions do you have? What did you learn about God? Yourself? And finally, respond. God speaks to us through His Word. As we take in what He has given us, it is natural to reply back to Him in prayer. This month we are looking at Ephesians 3:14-21.
“ For this reason I kneel before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us—to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
This prayer is a great example for us to follow as we pray for one another. There are four things that Paul prayed for in the church at Ephesus.
Paul prays for:
- Strength for each one through the Holy Spirit and that Jesus would dwell in their hearts through faith.
- The love of Christ to be rooted in their hearts.
- Comprehension of the length, width, height, and depth of God’s love for them.
- Fullness of God that surpasses all knowledge.
Paul ends his prayer with praise because he knows that God is able to do even more in the Ephesian church by His power working through them.
For each of us, this Scripture should be a challenge to grow in our relationship with Jesus. God desires for us to know and love Him more and more every day of our lives.
Each day we want our church to come together and lift up specific requests to God.
Write a list of people that you are praying for. Place it where it is a daily reminder for you to purposefully pray for them. Jot down answered prayers by their names.