by Tammy Phillips
April 14, 2021
Yesterday, we talked about people who get on our nerves: spouses, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children, friends, co-workers, superiors, and even the President.
We are instructed to love them. One of the ways we can love them best is to pray for them even when we do not feel like it.
In 2014 through the wise advice of Kenneth Hagin and Billye Brimm, I learned to pray Paul’s prayer for spiritual wisdom, Ephesians 1:16-23, for my family. When I first started praying it, I had no idea what it all meant. As I prayed the Holy Spirit began to answer the prayer in my own life. He opened my eyes and heart to the significance of the words that I was praying.
My list has grown and changed through the years. I start with our national leaders, move to spiritual leaders, then family and friends.
No, not every on the list gets on my nerves. That is just a temporary circumstance, anyways. Jesus extended love, grace and forgiveness to all and I must do the same. Lord knows, I get on the nerves of others at times. Ask my husband and my boys. I want that same love, grace and forgiveness extended to me, when I act like a goober.
I wrote Ephesians 1 out in my own words and I pray it like this:
I do not cease to give thanks for you. I thank God for you all the time. I pray for you always and make mention of you in my prayers.
I always pray that Father God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation of insight into mysteries and secrets in the deep and intimate knowledge of Him. I pray that you may abundantly grow in Him.
I pray that the eyes of your heart are flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),
I pray that you can know and understand what is the incredible, IMMEASURABLE, UNLIMITED, SURPASSING GREATNESS of God’s power in and for us who believe in Him, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength. This is the same might power which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places. This same power is available to us!!!
NOW, Jesus is far above any leader, ruler, authority, power or dominion. He is far above every name that is named, was named or will ever be named. He is above every title that can be conferred, above every disease ever known to plague man, above any problem or situation, not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come.
God has put all things under His feet and authority and has appointed Jesus the universal and supreme Head of the church, which is His body. The church is His body, made full and complete in Him, who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself. TO GOD BE THE GLORY FOREVER. AMEN.
I enCOURAGE you to create your own list of people to pray Ephesians 1 over. Pray it often. Breakthrough will come. Let me be clear, sometimes in haste, I simply say, “Father, Ephesians 1 them, you know my list.” He knows my heart. However, God’s words repeated as a reminder, back to Him are a powerful way to pray.