“I have never stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you to constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you wisdom to see clearly and really understand who Christ is and all that he has done for you. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can see something of the future he has called you to share. I want you to realize that God has been made rich because we who are Christ’s have been given to him! I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great his power is to help those who believe him…” (Eph. 1: 16 -19) The Living Bible.
Prayer begins with revelation and leads to further revelation. Revelation is a spiritual insight into all that God the Father has done for us in Christ. It comes through the window of an enlightened mind. A lot of praying goes on today which are not born out of revelation. Many see prayer as going through the motions! Lips are moving but lives are not changing. Some think prayer is all about making requests for physical or material things from God, but this kind of praying is not exclusive to believers. It may shock you to realise that Christians don’t have a monopoly of God! He hears and answers the prayers of all the living! They don’t have to know Him before they make request to Him. The Psalmist said “O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall ALL FLESH come” (Ps. 65:2). “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles” (Ps. 34:6). The word “poor” in this verse is used for spiritual deprivation not necessarily physical or material want. It means anybody including those who are not spiritually connected to God can ask for whatever they need and He hears and answers. Jesus who was God’s expression on the earth demonstrated His love and kindness to all men including the Gentiles by healing their sick loved ones. Jesus answered the prayers of all who called out to Him. He is God to every human on earth but He is a Father to us. The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Prayer takes a new dimension to the believer. Our modus operandi for prayer has to change once we become Christians. We should not be concerned about mundane or ephemeral things like “Lord, give me a car…” “Oh God, I need a wife…”, “Please Father, can you just make that contract deal a reality?”. These and many more kinds of prayer cease as we grow up spiritually. Our desire in prayer changes. All we want is to know our Father more, fellowship with Him more and do more for Him! Paul said “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings being made conformable unto his death” Phil. 3:10
The epistles or the Pauline epistles particularly show us what our prayers should focus on. We will begin to examine this tomorrow. Do have a blessed day.