“…because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers…” Ephesians [1:15]-16
Several years after spending three years in Ephesus, Paul hears that the believers in that city were continuing to grow in faith and love. Hearing this good news about the church’s continued growth causes great joy and thankfulness in Paul.
With this thankful heart Paul goes to the Lord in prayer on behalf of the believers in Ephesus. Paul devoted his life to continuous conversations with God. We see in this passage the content of his ceaseless prayers. He spent time thanking God for what he saw God doing in Ephesus. He also prayed asking God to help the Ephesian believers continue the mission.
Just as oxygen is essential for physical life; prayer is essential for the spiritual life of a believer. Prayer is simply talking to the God of the universe, thanking him for what you see Him doing and asking Him for help to accomplish the mission he has given you.
Take a moment to evaluate your current prayer life. How often do you pray? Is your prayer life consistent? What about the content of your prayers; do you thank God for what you see Him doing in your life and others? Do you ask to help you and others live out His mission? Which area of your life do you commit to grow in this week?
Dear God, thank You for giving me the gift of prayer. Help me to be more mindful of Your presence in my life and give me eyes to see where I need Your help. Amen.