Written by Bruce Miller

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.  I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.  Ephesians 1:15-17

Ephesians is a letter that was written by the Apostle Paul to the group of people that he helped start a church when he was in the city of  Ephesus sometime earlier.  Paul’s purpose for the letter was to give them guidance on living the kind of lives that Jesus would want them to live.

In these verses Paul is encouraging them to be people who practice discipleship, and continue to love one another. A “true” disciple of Jesus is always trying to make other disciples.  This is discipleship, and what God’s great plan is for growing His Church.  He also specifically shares that he has been praying for God to fill them with His Holy Spirit as a means to grow in wisdom about who God and Jesus are so that they can get to know them in a more personal way, and to be ready to share that personal relationship with Jesus with others in their lives.

This is a great example of how we can pray for others.  Often we get caught up in asking for “things” and “health” for others, or ourselves, and don’t just pray to seek and know, and understand God’s plan for us.  If we seek His plan of discipleship and His purpose for our lives, and the lives of those we are praying for, He will provide for the other concerns as a part of allowing us to fulfill our purposes.

Prayers should not be just a “wish list” of wants and desires, but a conversation with God about what He wants for us, and those in our lives.

“Father God, we ask You to open our hearts and minds to Your Holy Spirit’s speaking to us.  Help us to understand Your greater purpose of discipleship and how we can disciple others.   Give us all that we need to complete Your purpose for our lives.  In the name of the Risen Christ we pray, AMEN”