Pray For One Another

As I was reading this morning, I was struck by two things.  One, that  we often take for granted,  the insight of other believers, and two, the need to remind each other, and pray for each other, about what we have been given in Christ.   Let me give to you the scripture first: “This is why, since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength.”  Ephesians 1: 15-19  Not every believer has the insight into all things of Christ.  That’s why we are to come together, to reason together the things of the Lord and His word.  Notice what Paul prays for these believers in Ephesus.  He prays for them to have a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. How often do you pray for another believer to have the knowledge and wisdom of Him?  We might even think it insulting to pray for what we might assume others already have.  But which one of us couldn’t always use a little more wisdom in spiritual matters?  Which one of us couldn’t use a little more understanding of what the Lord has for us? I have been convicted of one thing on this morning’s journey: It’s not wrong to pray for those you love who are believers in Christ.  I want to be reminded not only by scripture but I need the encouragement of others to the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe.  This was brought to our attention yesterday by the visitation of some neighbors who, by their conversation and their encouragement, brought new strength to my wife and me. Have you encouraged another in the Lord lately? Let me offer a prayer to all of you who read this today, and it is the prayer of Paul, as he pens this letter of love and admiration  from prison to a group of people, both Jews and Gentiles, who he encouraged in unity and fellowship and love toward each other. By the strength of the One who works in them- Jesus. “I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength.”   I prayed this for you today,  and mean it from my heart to yours. Pastor Andy’s Daily Journey

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