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This excerpt was taken from Erwin Lutzer's "Covering your Life in Prayer"

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A Prayer That We Fully Understand God's Power and Love

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

Here is another prayer we should pray often for ourselves and others. As we learned last time, Paul did not pray for the physical well-being of the believers at Ephesus, however important that was, but now he turns his attention to praying that they might experience both the power and love of God.

Notice the following features of this prayer. First, he prays that we will be strengthened in the “inner man” that place within us that can only be changed by the power of God. Although the outer man grows weaker, the inner man can be renewed day by day; this is a reference to the depths of our being where the Spirit resides and does His work.

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A Prayer About Our Riches in Christ

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe…”—Ephesians 1:16-19

Have you ever prayed for something—perhaps for someone to be healed—and then you ended your prayer with, “if it be Your will”? I believe that’s proper to pray, especially when we’re not sure whether or not our request is in line with what God wants to do. When Jesus was in Gethsemane, He prayed, “Not my will, but Your will be done.” However, there are prayers we can pray where we do not have to add, “if it be Your will” because we know that we are praying right in line with God’s will; in other words, we are praying God’s will exactly.

That’s what happens when we pray the prayers of Paul who spent a great deal of time praying for others. His prayers always expressed what God’s desire was for His people. No need to add, “if it is Your will.”

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A Prayer to Understand Our Identity in Christ

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

The changes God makes in our lives after our conversion are profound and lasting; God does a deep work that rituals cannot perform. Consider this: God so profoundly put us into Jesus—in a legal way—that His history becomes our history. We were crucified with Him, and we were “raised with Him” (Romans 6:5). This identification with Christ is the basis for our intimate relationship with Him; it is also the basis of our walk of victory.

If you were convicted of a capital crime and then put to death for it, the law would have no more claim on you. Just so, as believers, we’ve died with Christ, and as a result, we are dead to our obligations to meet the demands of the law. In short, Jesus fulfilled the demands of the law for us. So our “death” with Jesus frees us from a standard we could never keep and the punishments that accompany it. But—thanks be—we still do live, but we do so by faith in Jesus.

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A Prayer That We Recognize Our Place in God's Plans

Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”Esther 4:13-14

These are the words of Mordecai to Esther, the young woman whom Mordecai had adopted after her parents died. Through divine providence, she was selected by King Ahasuerus to replace his rebellious wife Vashti, and so Esther had access to the king. And when the king agreed to a plot to kill all the Jews in his kingdom, it was Esther who intervened, and the plot was averted. Indeed, she had “come to the kingdom for such a time as this.”

Our role in life is less dramatic, but make no mistake, we also are where we are at this time in history to play a role in God’s eternal plan. You and I could have been born in a different era, or we could have been born in a different country, with different parents and a radically different environment. But we are who we are at this time of history “for such a time as this.”

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A Prayer for Our Nation

As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. And I said, “O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even I and my father’s house have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against you and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, and the rules that you commanded your servant Moses.” O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.”—Nehemiah 1:4-7;11

This is the prayer of Nehemiah before he left Babylon to return to Jerusalem to help rebuild the walls of the destroyed city. The remnant of the Jews who had survived the siege of the city were dispirited and living in great trouble and shame. They were constantly subject to attack from invaders who looted the city and kept the Jews in humiliation. As far as they were concerned, no one cared about them and they lost their testimony and impact.

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