THE EPISTLE PRAYERS
When God is building me, He’s building His Church. When He’s building His Church, He’s building me.
I do not cease to give thanks to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant us a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the deep and intimate knowledge of Him. That the eyes of our heart would be flooded with light, so that we can know and understand the hope to which He has called us. That we would know how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints, and that we would know and understand what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe. He demonstrated this power when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, which is far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world to come. He has put all things under Christ’s feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all.
We do not cease to pray that we may be filled with the full, deep, and clear knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom. That we would have comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God and that we would understand and discern all spiritual things. We pray that we may live and conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, and desiring to please Him in all things. That we would bear fruit in every good work and steadily grow and increase in and by the knowledge of God. That we would have a fuller, deeper, and clearer insight of the ways of God. We pray that we may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory. That we would exercise endurance and patience with joy. We always give thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share the portion which is the inheritance of the saints. For He has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in Whom we have our redemption through His blood, which means the forgiveness of our sins.
May He grant us out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the Holy Spirit. May Christ through our faith actually dwell, settle down, abide, and make His permanent home in our hearts. May we be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, that we may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth of His love. That we may really come to know by experience the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge. We pray that we may be filled to all fullness of God and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself. Now to Him Who is able to do superabundantly, far over and above all that we dare ask, think or imagine --To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen!
We are confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in us will perform, develop, perfect and bring it to full completion until the day of Jesus Christ.
And this we pray: that our love may abound yet more and more and extend to its fullest development in knowledge and all keen insight. That our love would display itself in greater depths of acquaintance and more comprehensive discernment. So that we may surely learn to sense what is vital, and approve and prize what is excellent and of real value, and that we may be untainted and pure and unerring and blameless. So that with hearts sincere, certain and pure, we may approach the day of Christ without stumbling and without causing others to stumble. May we abound in and be filled with the fruits of righteousness, that right standing with God, which comes through Jesus Christ. This brings honor and praise to God, and His glory will be manifested and recognized.