This past Sunday, we went verse by verse in Paul’s prayer to the Church at Ephesus in Ephesians 3:14-19. There is power in praying God’s Word, believing it by faith and declaring it with confidence. It changes us on the inside and fuels a deeper intimacy with God. We come boldly into God’s presence knowing He is eager to talk with us and asking for Him to strengthen our inner man with power.
So, I want to encourage you to pick some of Paul’s other prayers and pray them each day this week. Personalize them and ask for yourself, your family and for CrossBridge:
- Ephesians 1:15-21
- Romans 1:8-17
Or, try using the acronym F-E-L-L-O-W-S-H-I-P. Pray through it one letter at a time, asking Jesus to work in you/us. It is a guide to help you stay focused in prayer, not meant to be restrictive, but simply a way to combat wandering thoughts and bring intentionality to your prayer life. Remember, prayer is about positioning ourselves before God to connect to His heart!
- Fear of God: Father, release the spirit of the fear of God into my heart (Ps. 86:11)
- Endurance: Strengthen my spirit with endurance to do Your will (Col. 1:11).
- Love: Father, pour out Your love in my heart in a greater measure (Phil. 1:9).
- Light of glory: Father, let me see more of the light of Your glory (Acts 22:6–11; Exod. 33:18; Ps. 4:6).
- One thing: In my life focus, I choose to be a person of one thing who sits at Your feet (Ps. 27:4).
- Worthy: Strengthen me to have a worthy response to you God in my life (2 Thess. 1:11).
- Speech: Set a guard over my lips that I may walk free from unclean speech (Eph. 4:29; Ps. 141:3).
- Humility: Jesus, I want to learn from You how to walk with a lowly heart (Matt. 11:29).
- Insight (wisdom): Give me insight into Your Word, will, and ways (Col. 1:9–10).
- Peace and joy: Strengthen my heart with peace and joy that overpower fear (Phil. 4:7, Romans 15:13).
Bickle, Mike. Growing in Prayer. Lake Mary:Charisma House, 2014, pp. 121-122. Print.