Pray for Other Believers
Do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the
spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.
Ephesians 1:16-17 NKJV
Paul is a man who knows the value of praying for one another to the Father so that we may all grow in our knowledge of who we are in Christ and the work He has done for us. That we may all increase in grace and knowledge is Paul’s constant and fervent prayer for all God’s children. He prayed that we would be enlightened with a more profound knowledge of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and rose again on the third day to give us His abundant life according to His overflowing grace bestowed upon us.
Paul exemplifies the godly principle of constant worship, unceasing supplication, and unceasing gratitude, which are God’s will for His children. As the Spirit daily transforms us into the likeness of the Lord Jesus, we can give thanks for all He has done and pray for all He will do.
Unlike us, Paul does not pray for material things. He prays that we have a greater knowledge of what is already ours in Christ. Faith in Christ Jesus is a gift from God, and Paul understood the spiritual significance of appreciating that fact. So, he hopes that we will let the secrets of the Church era, which God revealed to us through the apostle Paul, shape who we are and how we live so that our lives bring glory to God.
God began revealing His splendor and power to fallen man through His creation, and He began revealing His gracious character through the sacred scriptures, but in these final days, He has spoken to us through His Son, whom He designated heir to all things. Furthermore, we are situated in Christ and connected with Him.
God is the source of all spiritual illumination, and He is the topic of all spiritual revelation, yet the indwelling Spirit of Christ is how the Holy Scriptures are revealed to us. The eyes of our hearts are enlightened by the Holy Spirit when we gladly submit to His leading and guidance and rely on Him in all things. Paul realized that believers should continue growing in their knowledge of God, and he used the most appropriate response to any issue or need: prayer.
Ask Holy Spirit to reveal the name of a new believer or someone who needs to grow in God. Take the time to pray for that person this week.
Father, I pray that I may cultivate an attitude of continual praise, ceaseless prayer, and tireless thanksgiving for all You have done in my life and in the lives of all others who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior. I pray that You will continue to bless the lives of all Your children. To Your credit and glory, may we depend on You in all things, grow in grace, mature in the faith, and manifest Your love in all we say and do. In Jesus’ name, I pray.