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Prayer of Encouragement

Posted on February 23, 2021 at 11:25 AM

Dear Saints,

I am praying for you all. I asked God to give me words to encourage you in these difficult days and he said to tell you that I am praying the prayer Paul recorded in Ephesians 3: 14-21. In case you are not familiar with that prayer here it is in its entirety.

“For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.”

 

I am praying that God would strengthen the new person he has made you to be in Christ. That is the real you, not the old you’ve always thought you were. Paul calls it the “inner man” that is created in righteousness and true holiness and I am praying God would supernaturally strengthen that new you with his power through his indwelling Spirit. Such empowerment allows you to face the opposition of this world, endure its suffering, and overcome the obstacles that keep you from realizing who you are and living like it.

 

I am praying that Christ may be at home living in your hearts by faith. By this I mean that Jesus is not simply a guest in your home, but a permanent resident who has access to all areas and activities of your life. That your union with Christ is not just an academic concept but a reality so that you experience his life in you. That you understand he is your life and enjoy being rooted and grounded in his love for you so that you are truly secure and significant as a person having nothing to fear or prove.

 

I am praying that you and all the other saints will begin to comprehend the full dimensions of God’s love. That you would know and experience how inclusive and enduring his love is for humanity. That you would realize the depths he went to on the cross and the heights he raised us to in his resurrection. That you would begin to know by personal experience the love of Christ that is beyond words to describe.

 

Finally, I am praying that you be filled with the fullness of God just like Jesus. That you would realize just as you are in Jesus and Jesus is in the Father so both Jesus and the Father are in you as well. It is what Jesus prayed in John 17: 20-23 saying, “Neither pray for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me , and I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory thou gave me I have given them; that they may be one even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”

I pray these things in Jesus name, Amen.

John

 

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