Persistent Motivation #10: Prayer helps mature other believers. (continued)
Paul has bowed upon his knees. He’s praying to our great God. But what is he praying for? Check out verses 16-19:
“…that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the width and length and depth and height; and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge; that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.”
I have to tell you that this is a great part of my prayer life. I have a commitment to pray for each member of our church regularly. I have a list with all your names on it. I go through that list and make notes about requests you’ve shared with me. Most of all, my prayers are that you move toward spiritual maturity.
To sum up, to “pray without ceasing” is not only to have an attitude of prayer but to pray persistently, earnestly and not lose heart. What motivates us to this persistent prayer is to glorify God, align ourselves with His will, to have our needs met, to have our sins forgiven, to have victory over Satan, to have intimate fellowship with the Lord, to find wisdom, to be free from worry, to see the lost saved, and to see the saints mature. With so many benefits to persistent prayer, let’s give ourselves wholly to it.
For this cause (reason) I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.