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I wish I were better at prayer. I'm not exactly sure what "better" is but I have this strong sense that I'm not experiencing prayer fully in the way that the Father intends. I have this uneasy angst that there is lots of room for improvement.


So I plod along thankful for God's patience. Constantly looking to learn from others about this privilege of talking with the Father. And one of those people I look to for insight is the Apostle Paul. We can learn a lot by observing how others pray.


Paul had an amazing relationship with God and was used in powerful ways to advance God's kingdom here on earth. Consider his prayer for the believers in Ephesus...


"For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." ~ Ephesians 3:14-19


It is a passionate prayer! And there are many things we can learn from this one simple prayer. I have my own observations...but I won't offer them just now. I think there's more benefit when we meditate and wrestle with something ourselves.


So I encourage you to reread this passage numerous times and ask God to speak to your heart regarding what can be learned about prayer. And then... pray! Pray for your church family and any other followers of Jesus that you know.


Who needs a touch of God's grace or presence right now that you can pray for?

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