Monday October 20th, 2014
Power and Praise
Note from Jesus
One of the most awesome gifts you have as the Father's child is the gift of your intercessory prayer for others. Even though the apostle Paul was in prison and couldn't be with his beloved brothers and sisters in Ephesus, he could still release My power into their lives through prayer and the Holy Spirit. So as Paul was praising the Father, he seamlessly moved from praise into a prayer for the power of the Holy Spirit — the very power that tore Me from the clutches of death and raised Me from the dead — to be released into the Ephesians' lives.
Rather than spending a lot of time talking to you about what Paul said in the verses below, I want you to read these two prayers from the letter to the Ephesians. As you read them, I hope you will notice these three dynamics in Paul's prayers:
- Paul moved from praise in prayer to intercession in prayer.
This movement from praise to intercessory prayer was not only naturally done as he prayed led by the Holy Spirit, but it also carried great power that was released into the lives of the Ephesians for whom he prayed.
- Paul let the Ephesians know not only that he prayed for them but also what he prayed for them.
Intercessory prayer is often most powerful when the details you are praying to happen in people's lives are shared with those for whom you are praying — it helps them know not only that you are praying, but also what you are praying. In other words, don't just tell folks you are praying for them, but tell them what you are praying!
- Paul prayed for the Ephesians to know and experience the Spirit's power at work within them.
The same Holy Spirit Who intercedes for My disciples when they pray is the Holy Spirit who releases the Father's power into the lives of those for whom they pray.
Spend more time in praise to the Father and as you do, you will find more of the Holy Spirit's power being released into the lives of your brothers and sisters in My family.
Verses to Live
To God be all praise and glory! This is why, when I heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus that is present in your community and of your great love for all God's people, I haven't stopped thanking Him for you. I am continually speaking to Him on your behalf in my prayers. Here's what I say: God of our Lord Jesus the Anointed, Father of Glory: I call out to You on behalf of Your people. Give them minds ready to receive wisdom and revelation so they will truly know You. Open the eyes of their hearts, and let the light of Your truth flood in. Shine Your light on the hope You are calling them to embrace. Reveal to them the glorious riches You are preparing as their inheritance. Let them see the full extent of Your power that is at work in those of us who believe, and may it be done according to Your might and power. Friends, it is this same might and resurrection power that He used in the Anointed One to raise Him from the dead and to position Him at His right hand in heaven. There is nothing over Him. He's above all rule, authority, power, and dominion; over every name invoked, over every title bestowed in this age and the next. God has placed all things beneath His feet and anointed Him as the head over all things for His church. This church is His body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.
It is for this reason that I bow my knees before the Father, after whom all families in heaven above and on earth below receive their names, and pray:Father, out of Your honorable and glorious riches, strengthen Your people. Fill their souls with the power of Your Spirit so that through faith the Anointed One will reside in their hearts. May love be the rich soil where their lives take root. May it be the bedrock where their lives are founded so that together with all of Your people they will have the power to understand that the love of the Anointed is infinitely long, wide, high, and deep, surpassing everything anyone previously experienced. God, may Your fullness flood through their entire beings.Now to the God who can do so many awe-inspiring things, immeasurable things, things greater than we ever could ask or imagine through the power at work in us, to Him be all glory in the church and in Jesus the Anointed from this generation to the next, forever and ever. Amen.