V 17. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdomand insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.
Prayering for personal development.
When you pray for yourself and other people are those prayers about as far reaching as Christopher Robin’s? God bless Mummy … God bless Daddy – etc. In fact, it is not always easy to know how to pray meaningfully for others, so this passage encourages us to pray for the personal development of our friends and family. It is not for health and happiness, nor for work and wealth. Paul’s prayer for the Christians in Ephesus focuses on their development as people. Look again at what he prays about for these people:
I have not stopped thanking God for you.
I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him.
Nothing trivial here like a pain in your back, or a shortage of funds this month! He prays for the big things, things that affect the whole of your spiritual being.
Reflect today on how you pray for your friends: how much of it concerns things that are pretty trivial when compared with what Paul is praying for.