I am not a natural pray-er. Don’t get me wrong, I am dedicated to my relationship with God–we talk all the time. I also believe wholeheartedly in the importance of prayer. On the other hand, when I sit down to pray, I often am not sure exactly what to pray. Add to that my short attention span and prayer–as much as I love it–can be a struggle at times.
When it comes to praying for you all, I have come across some helpful tools. A good part of the New Testament is made up of letters from the apostle Paul to the various churches that grew out of the life and teachings of Jesus. In his letters, Paul often starts out by telling the churches how he prays for them. It turns out, his prayers put to words the things I think about and pray for you, my CTK family.
Here are some of my go-to’s…
Paul thanks God for them. I am grateful for this church of people who are interested in and live out such a spirit of authenticity and sincere desire to know God. He prays that they would receive spiritual wisdom and insight so they can grow in their knowledge of God. I want that for you too. In his letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul prays that their hearts would be “flooded with light so you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called…”. I often pray for God to fill you all with the joy that comes with knowing him and walking together in church community.
My favorites of Paul’s prayers are for God’s blessing on the churches. I echo his prayer for God to richly bless the members of the community that make up the body of Christ. I pray that you would each be filled with the hope that comes from knowing Jesus and growing more and more into who God designed you to be. I pray that we would grow in relationship with each other so the message of Jesus can be made known by our love.
Thank you all for being such important parts of living out the mission of Christ’s body and the beauty of authentic and redemptive community.