Have you ever been at a loss when it comes to praying for people you love? The apostle Paul gives us a beautiful guide in what to say to God when we think of our friends. In his letter to the believers in Ephesus, he sets a pattern for us to follow: Begin by thanking God for the loving relationship you enjoy. Next, ask God to bring about four beneficial qualities that are a byproduct of knowing Christ. Pray that God would make Himself known to them (we all need spiritual experiences with God). Then, pray that the ‘eyes of their heart’ would be opened (meaning that they would be spiritually sensitive, aware and motivated). Next, ask God to help them know their purpose in life and the value of what they possess as saints of God. Finally, ask God to show them the power available to all who believe. Now, that’s a wonderful prayer to pray for friends. I know many pray that for me and I am grateful!
For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will 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 boundless greatness of His power toward us who believe. Ephesians 1:15-19 NASB
Who could be the object of my prayers and conversation with God? I wonder who is praying for me this morning?
God, as this day begins- I thank you for the people in my life… my family, friends, fellow believers, and those yet to believe. I am asking that You would open the eyes of the hearts of each I know… particularly a few that I desire to know You more intimately. Reveal Yourself in ways they can understand and appreciate. As I try to serve You and Your people today, would you assist as You did yesterday by giving me great insight and productivity and others to share the burdens and tasks ahead.