Praying for Christians

Ephesians 1:15-23; 3:14-21 — If I believed others’ spiritual success depended on it, would I do better at praying for Christians?

What shall I pray?

“Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:2).

“Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers” (Ephesians 1:16).

“That…the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him” (Ephesians 1:17).

“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know…” (Ephesians 1:18).

“And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe” (Ephesians 1:19). Read it all

The Prayer of Faith

1 Kings 17:1; 18:36-46; James 5:16-18 — to be effective, the prayer of faith requires a life of faithfulness

If you read the King James Version (and perhaps even if you don’t), the translators seemed to have lost something in the translation of 1 Kings 18:37,39. So here’s another translation (mine, as rendered from the Spanish Reina-Valera Revisi┬ón 1960):

Respond to me, Jehovah, repond to me, so that this people may know that you, O Jehovah, are the God, and that you turn to you the heart of them.

Seeing it all the people, they prostrated themselves and said: Jehovah is the God, Jehovah is the God!

What did Elijah want known that day?

  • Jehovah was God in Israel (36).
  • Elijah was Jehovah’s servant (36).
  • Elijah had acted at Jehovah’s word (36).
  • Jehovah is Jehovah God (37).
  • Jehovah had turned Israel’s heart back to Him again (37).

Though CLP’s lesson title focuses on the prayer of faith, I’m focusing my comments on the life of faithfulness. The next two sections I have taken from Read it all

Ezra and Nehemiah Lead Israel’s Revival

Nehemiah 8; 9:32-38; 10:28-33; 13:1-3 — Israel committed to revival

Some sixty years had passed since the temple had been rebuilt in Jerusalem. God’s people had grown careless and cold in some critical aspects of their calling as children of the covenant. God had been at work among them, fanning the embers. He needed certain men to be in Jerusalem to guide Israel further toward revival. But those men were in Babylon.

That was no great obstacle to the Almighty, of course. He had two men in mind to lead them back to Judah. Both of them were strong yet humble leaders. They each had a heart for God and for His people. God gave them a passion, a vision, and a plan for renewal and restoration. He used them as a team for righteousness and revival, building on the foundation laid by Zerubbabel and Jeshua in the first return.

Though He didn’t send them to Jerusalem at the same time, God eventually had them there together. God called and used Ezra and Nehemiah to accomplish His work among the repatriated Jews. Read it all

Above all, love God!