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

A Prayer of Repentance

Psalm 51:1-17 — confession and a prayer of repentance for cleansing

How do you respond to sin and failure in your life? So often (it seems) I recognize my sins and shortcomings, but I can explain to you quite well why I sinned and failed. And interestingly enough, those reasons have a way of trying to excuse my sin.

True repentance grieves over sin…regardless of what factors supposedly contributed to it. True repentance deals with sin in all its ugliness, and does not try to shed personal responsibility for it. True repentance says, “I sinned this way. It is my fault. I am sorry. Please forgive me.”

Repentance is surrender — a surrender of my will, my ego, my excuses, my self; a surrender to God and His discretion in what it will take to purify me. Repentance is a surrender to cleansing. I do not believe that verses two and seven speak of something quick, light, easy and painless. The flesh does not want to give up its sin. The flesh may go along with this business of asking forgiveness, but it reserves the option to indulge in sin all over again. Repentance yields to the washing, cleansing and purging required to bring us back into harmony with God’s ways. Read it all

Above all, love God!