Category Archives: Prayer

Pleasing God

One of the most awkward jobs I ever did was when I worked for a partnership. Each morning, the first partner I met would issue me his instructions and I would set off obediently. The problems began when I met the second partner. He would ask what I was doing and why, and give different […]

Stand Firm in Faith

What do you pray for people who are already strong in the Lord? Paul gives us an example in his prayer for Christians in Philippi. As he introduces his letter, he speaks fondly of the church—he joyfully thanks God for them because they have embraced the gospel with all its implications. They are a good […]

Filled to the Fullness of God

Paul loves to make bold petitions. He concludes the main part of his second prayer for Ephesian Christians, “that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith . . . and that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God (Eph. 3:17, 19).” The idea of being filled up with the fullness […]

God’s Four Dimensional Love

One of Paul’s objectives in praying to the Father in his second prayer for the Ephesians is praying for love. He continues sharing with the church his prayer that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints […]

Praying to the Father

In a basement vault on the outskirts of Paris sits a cylinder made from an alloy of Platinum and Iridium. It is the standard (or International Prototype) Kilogram weight1 against which many other measurements are made—so it has to be accurate. Spiritually, God is our standard and Paul starts his second prayer in the book […]

Paul’s Prayer Tripod – Prayer for Power

Paul’s prayer for illumination by the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 1 asks for revelation in three vital truths. Like the legs of a tripod, each is a source of great strength for every Christian. We already considered the hope of His calling and the riches of glory that belong to every believer. The third request […]

Paul’s Prayer Tripod – Riches of Glory

Paul’s prayer for illumination in Ephesians 1 focuses on three topics that we would all do well to make part of our prayers. Like the legs of a tripod, they provide stability even when the earth below is rough. The first topical leg was the hope of His calling. Now we shall consider the riches […]

Paul’s Prayer Tripod – The Hope of His Calling

Paul’s first Ephesians prayer focuses on spiritual revelation. He crafted it like a prayer tripod. Tripods are devices that provide good stability but with the minimum number of legs—they can stand on their own even on rough ground where four-legged devices would wobble. Paul left us a prayer for illumination in three broad areas that […]

Prayer for Illumination

Roman prisons forced letter writers to get to the point. Prisoners were grateful when friends and family brought food; stationary supplies were a luxury. When Paul put pen to parchment, he didn’t waste words. His letter to the Ephesian church is no exception. Following a quick greeting, Paul laid out some basic truths of the […]

Prayer for Confidence

Here’s a thought provoking question about prayer: if God answered all the prayers you prayed in the last week, where would the benefit be seen most—in your life or in the world? It is not wrong to pray for ourselves but if prayer is an echoing of the heart of God then surely the blessings […]