By: Steven Berrios
A devotional series based on Ephesians
What a powerful weapon we have in prayer. When as believers we say we are praying for one another, it carries immense power. The Christian who prays, does so to the creator of the universe, to the one who holds all things in the palm of His hands. The Christian who prays has access to the throne of grace as a son or daughter. The Christian who prays can do so as a little child who needs to speak with their parent. There is power in our conversations with God. And that power is not in our words but in the person to whom we pray.
I was reminded this week that there is a such a wonder and awe that comes with each moment spent in prayer. The very fact that I, because of His grace, can now have access to His throne with confidence through Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:16), is an incredible blessing. But honestly I don't always approach prayer with this sense of awe. Prayer can become a routine act for a Christian and can cause the Christian to forget the incredible power they have in prayer. This is dangerous church.
So the question I have to ask myself, and I ask you today, is when we pray do we do so with an awe and wonder in who it is that we are praying to? If we all did, imagine the power of our prayers within the Church. Imagine with me if we as a church prayed for one another with this understanding that we are lifting up prayers for one another to the One who from the foundation of the universe predestined us as sons and daughters. Would that change the way in which we pray for one another?
Before you spend some time in prayer, pause and sit silently for at least one minute. Reflect on the God to whom you are about to approach in prayer.
Father, what words can I use to express the wonder it is to approach you today. And how great it is that you are my Father and because you are my Father, I can speak with you with a confidence in your love for me. Father, help me to understand a little bit more today that your love for me is so great and so is your love for my brothers and sisters in Your church. Help me then to remember my brothers and sisters in my prayers today and to pray with a unceasing love as you would want your children to pray for one another. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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