If you’ve ever felt like you didn’t know how to pray or what to pray about when you ran out of needs to bring to God, you’re not alone. I’ve been there. I’ve often wished there was a helpful book called, “Prayer For Dummies” that we could use to go deeper. Thankfully, there is.
We can go on to read countless prayers prayed by Jesus and other Apostles: John, Paul, James. And it’s in these prayers that we can be mentored by these founding fathers of our faith. How? By reading and reflecting on these recorded holy moments and taking the time to reflect on the truths, requests and motivations in these prayers. In them we find a guide map of how we can pray deeper and bigger prayers.
Take some time and slowly read through Paul’s Prayer to the church in Ephesus:
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-17, 19-21 ESV)
Now do this, go back through this prayer and think through all that He’s asking God to do. Jot on a sheet of paper or type them in your smart phone. As you do you’ll notice these aren’t just specific needs for that church, in that time. They transcend all time. Take some time applying these deep requests in Paul’s prayer into your personal prayer time. Write out your own prayer to God praying these Christ honoring truths.
I’m praying with you.