In Ephesians 3 (NIV), St. Paul offers a prayer for “God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus,” the very people to whom the Ephesian letter is written. While Paul’s prayer is for the Ephesians, it is a prayer that can be prayed for any church –any group of Christians.
Holy Scripture is full of prayers that can be prayed today, but I’m not sure that we do. We read them. We study them. We discuss them. But do we pray them?
Many of these prayers are powerful, beautiful, thought-provoking. There’s no reason that we shouldn’t pray them — privately and in public worship. I mean, they are right there in the Bible.
Paul’s prayer is found in Ephesians 3:14-21.
“I kneel before the Father, from whom every 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 Lord’s holy people, 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 fulness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
It is a prayer of Christian faith. Pray it for your own church. Pray it for another church in your thoughts for a particular reason. Pray it for all churches.