What is it that you pray about?
If you’re like most people (including myself), you pray about specific concerns or issues in your life, in the lives of those you love, or in this world.
You ask God to ‘come through’ in some way for you.
Very often, these are ‘legitimate’ prayers. God wants us to go to Him authentically, sharing what is really on our hearts, and asking Him to move.
…but is that all?
Do you ever pray about your ‘spiritual health’?
Do you pray about your relationship with Him–that it would get better?
As we just discovered at KCC last Sunday, the Apostle Paul had prayed for those at Ephesus for years…he had “not ceased” to pray for them.
What did he pray for?
Their success, safety, comfort?
He prayed that they would “know Him better”.
“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 1:17)
More than anything, Paul prayed that these people he loved would get ‘closer’ to God and know Him better.
Why did he pray that?
Several reasons, I’m sure.
- Because Paul knew that God–as God–deserved the Primary place of Prominence in their lives.
- Because Paul knew that ‘Knowing God more deeply’ would lead to a life that ‘worked’ the way it was supposed to.
- Because Paul knew that this relationship with God–a growing, vibrant, deepening one–would lead to the experience of blessing that God had already given, but that they had not yet ‘experienced’ (see vv. 18-20).
- Because Paul knew that an individual’s relationship with God must continue to grow and deepen if it is to continually be transformational.
- Paul knew that this was God’s plan for each individual, and that all of the blessings that were promised (see Ephesians 1) would flow up from/out of our vibrant relationship with Him, so he prayed that they would know Him ever more deeply.
At KCC, we talk about ‘…passionately pursuing an ever-deepening relationship with God’. THIS is where this thought comes from.
As we make that deeper relationship with God our highest priority, we seek Him more in study of His Word, in prayer, in worship…and as we get to know Him more, we are transformed and made to experience the blessings He’s already given us.
That was Paul’s desire for the church at Ephesus.
That is my desire for KCC, and all my Christian brothers and sisters.
That is my desire for myself.
Are you ‘thirsty’ for more of Him?
Are you ‘hungry’ to know Him more?
Let’s make that the point of our prayers, and see how He changes us!