My Prayers

29 April 2004

"Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:"-Ephesians 1:15-17.

Prayer has been described as the highest activity of the soul. It is worship in and of itself. Prayer tells on us because when we empty our hearts unto God we find what was really in there! If we are full of ourselves, that is what God hears about.

We sometimes think of prayer as the simple task of talking to God, yet, it seems to be much more complicated than this when we read the prayers of the Bible. No wonder the disciples asked our Lord, "Teach us to pray". In their experience as Christians, aw they witnessed our Lord's frequent and fervent prayers, they realized something was lacking in their prayer life and they began to consider in their own hearts what they should be praying about, how much time should be spent in prayer, what language they should adopt as they approached the God of glory and who they were to address their prayers to.

Thus, we come to our scripture today, which is the beginning of an intercessory prayer by the apostle for the church at Corinth. Paul was certainly a praying man and his writings are pregnant with his petitions for the church. As we read his words, suddenly and unexpectedly, his pen bursts forth in prayer, and from his pen, we can learn what we should be praying for today.

First, let us notice who the apostle is praying to: "the Father of glory." That is who Jesus taught the apostles to pray to: "Our Father, which art in heaven". There are some who think it is more spiritual to pray to Jesus. Yet, we are instructed to approach God the Father with our prayers. It is Christ who knows our hearts and makes intercession for us and the Spirit makes groaning for us which we can not utter(Romans 8:26,27). It is an amazing thought to realize that the Holy Trinity is present at every petition!

In this prayer, we find praise, thanks and a petition for others. Every prayer should be divided with praise, thanks, intercession for others, repentance and then personal requests. Paul addresses the "Father of Glory". What better way could one begin a petition? By his thanks he acknowledge blessings received and prayers answered!

Finally, we come to the heart of Paul's petition and it is noteworthy for us to notice what he was not praying for. He was in prison and he was not asking for the members of Corinth to get together and form a petition to get him out. He was more worried for the Corinthians being out of prison than he was for himself being in prison! He request was for God the Father of glory, to give these church members wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. In other words, he wanted them to KNOW GOD better and better. Though they were baptized members of Corinth, he was not satisfied with their condition. This is our supreme need: to know God. Sometimes, we get caught up in our problems and the problems of churches and we forget that all would be cured if we had what this man requested from our Father. May his prayer become our own and may God, the Father of glory grant us our request.