A Paul Shaped Prayer


The ebb and flow of my prayer life is akin to the deep valleys and mountain peaks of some wild, untamed frontier. For every breath-taking peak reached, there are innumerable shadowy ravines to traverse. At least, that has been my experience.

The heights have been seldom and few, with long periods of aimless wandering in dreary places.

I desperately need a guide.

And so do you.

So for the next few weeks, I am going to turn my attention to Paul. I know enough to know that not all prayer meetings are mountain-top experiences, but when I hear Paul pray, when I see that scarred and fragile man crumple to his knees, my heart yearns to pray like he did. To add my 'amen' to his whispers in the throne-room of heaven.

Next week I want to give closer attention to his prayer for the Ephesians, but for now, I utter it as it was intended, as a prayer for you.

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14–21, ESV)