Bible Ballistics: Prayer? January 19, 2014 Vol.3 No.10

It’s been a long week, a week of trials, sorrow, grief and pain, but at the same time a week when God has made Himself real and powerful in my own heart.  One of those times when through the clouds, God came near.  I’d like to do something a bit different today.  I’d like us to look at two of Paul’s prayers for his ‘believing’ friends in two churches, the Churches at Ephesus and Colossae.  I’d like to just emphasize the flow of these prayers and walk through them with minimal commentary.  Please hear Paul’s heart and mine for YOU and me.

Ephesians 3:16-21, “16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory,

to be strengthened

with might

by his Spirit

in the inner man;

17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith;

that ye,

being rooted

and grounded

in love,

18 May be able to comprehend

 with all saints

what is the breadth,

 and length,

and depth,

and height;

19 And to know

the love of Christ,

which passeth knowledge,

that ye might be

filled with all the fulness of God.

20 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,

21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

That Christ may ‘dwell’ (be at home in our hearts) in us by faith.  That we may be: rooted, grounded, comprehending of God’s abundant provision to and for us.  That we might KNOW the unsurpassed LOVE of God IN Christ Jesus, and be empowered to be a  ‘glory in the church (HIS church) BY Christ Jesus’Forever!!!  AMEN-so be it- this is my prayer for each of us!!!

Colossians 1:9-17, “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that

ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will

in all wisdom

and spiritual understanding;

10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord

unto all pleasing,

being fruitful in every good work,

and increasing in the knowledge of God;

11 Strengthened with all might,

 according to his glorious power,

unto all patience

and longsuffering

with joyfulness;

12 Giving thanks unto the Father,

which hath made us meet to be partakers of

 the inheritance of the saints in light:

13 Who hath delivered us from

the power of darkness,

and hath translated us

into the kingdom

of his dear Son:

14 In whom we have redemption

through his blood,

 even the forgiveness of sins:

15 Who is the image of the invisible God,

 the firstborn of every creature:

16 For by him were all things created,

 that are in heaven,

and that are in earth,

visible and invisible,

whether they be thrones,

or dominions,

or principalities,

              or powers:

all things were created

              by him,

and for him:

17 And he is before all things,

and by him all things consist.”

My prayer also—that we will be: filled, obedient, walking worthy, being fruitful, strengthened by HIM, patient, longsuffering (putting up with it), joyful and grateful.  That we are saved, delivered, translated and redeemed by the blood of Jesus, which ‘forgives’ and ‘cleanses’ us for His use and glory.  All this from the creator of all things.  Amen and Amen.  May these things speak to you as they have to me?