Daily email Number 402 – from the Vicar

It was really good and encouraging to pray through the spiritual blessings that were in yesterday’s passage at last night’s Central Prayer meeting.  What a great God we have!
We move on today to Ephesians Chapter 1 verses 15 to 23, and speaking of prayer here is one of the apostle Paul’s classic prayers contained in this letter, which shows us what he thought was important to pray for,and perhaps should be guiding our prayers when we pray for each other.Of course there is nothing wrong in praying for Ethel’s bunions, and we should, but are we also praying for each other’s spiritual life and growth?
We read of Paul’s constant praying for this church (v.16), and then I think that verse 17 is the key verse. ‘I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.’ Wow, what a prayer!  Would you pray that for each other, and for me?
He then prays (vs.18-20) that they would have their spiritual eyes opened so that they would know something more of the Christian hope, and also the working of God’s power in their lives, the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead!
And then the apostle gets excited and “goes off on one”, as he sometimes does(!), and having mentioned Jesus being raised from the dead, he then includes the ascension as well as Jesus’ current position seated at the right hand of God far above everything else in the created order.  And then he returns to what has been mentioned already in the chapter of the ultimate cosmic plan, that in the end Christ will be the head of everything and everyone, and all will be placed under His feet (vs.21-23).  Wow, what a plan and what an outcome!And to think too, that if we are Christian, we are in Christ, and He is in us.

With all this in mind, let us pray today in our cycle of prayer for,- Shirley and family- Tina McGowan

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