In church recently we’ve been going through the book of Ephesians and it’s been a great series. One thing our pastor has encouraged us to try a couple of times is to take Paul’s prayers and pray them for people we know. He said if we’re struggling to find where to start our prayers, then who’s a better pray-er than Paul to take inspiration from? And if we can’t beat him we should join him!
The idea is essentially to take a prayer from his letters, and where it says “you”, replace it with the name of who you’re praying for! Just look for the “I pray” bits!
So with that in mind, here’s some of the bit’s we’ve looked at in recent weeks which I’ve dug out to try. Where below I’ve put “my sponsored child”, try inserting the names of your sponsored kids!
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give [my sponsored child] the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that [he/she] may know him better. I pray that the eyes of [my sponsored child's] heart may be enlightened in order that [he/she] may know the hope to which he has called [him/her], the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” – Ephesians 1vv17-19a.
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen [my sponsored child] with power through his Spirit in [his/her] inner being, so that Christ may dwell in [his/her] heart through faith. And I pray that [he/she], 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 [my sponsored child] may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3vv16-19