We offer prayers to God our Father to give Him glory and to sanctify and empower us.
“Therefore, make it your habit to confess your sins to one another and to pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16.
If we are sick, the elders in our Church fellowship are to pray for us, anoint us with oil in the name of The LORD.
“Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of The LORD; and the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick, and The LORD will raise him up, and if he has committed sins,they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. A prayer of a righteous person, when it is brought about, can accomplish much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.” James 5:13-18.
Ernest prayers were rendered to God our Father for us by Paul.
Paul remembers the Ephesians and us in his prayers. God remembers Paul’s prayers. His first prayer seals the blessings God has blessed us with through Messiah Jesus.
“….that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in your knowledge of Him.
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in The LORD Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in your knowledge of Him.
I ask that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know the hope of His calling, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and the surpassing greatness of His power to us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
And God put everything under His feet and made Him head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” Ephesians 1:18-22.
The second prayer Paul prays is for our power through His Spirit.
“Then you, being rooted and grounded in love, will have power, together with all the saints…”
“… for this reason I bow my knees before the Father,from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I ask that out of the riches of His glory He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Then you, being rooted and grounded in love, will have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do so much more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:14-21.
Paul commended Epaphras for praying that we might stand mature and fully assured in the full will of God.
“Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, so that you may stand mature and fully assured in the full will of God. For I testify about him that he goes to great pains for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis.” Colossians 4:12-13.
Paul began his letter to the Thessalonians with this assurance they were remembered in prayer.
“We always thank God for all of you, remembering you in our prayers and continually recalling before our God and Father your work of faith, your labor of love, and your enduring hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3.
In his second letter to them and us he first focuses on the great hope of Jesus’ future return and commends them for their perseverance in the midst of persecution and the retribution God will deal to those who are persecuting. Then he offers this wonderful prayer:
“To this end, we always pray for you, that our God will count you worthy of His calling, and that He will powerfully fulfill your every good desire and work of faith, so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and of The LORD Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12.
All Scripture quoted above is from the Berean Study Bible
~ Bill Bremer