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Our church has recently started testing a new, online prayer diary called ‘PrayerMate.’
It enables people to subscribe to prayer points from many, terrific organisations and missionaries.
It also helps us connect with the regular prayer points of our own church.
One benefits is that it gives me a list of people from within our church that I can specifically pray for each week.
But what should I actually pray for each person?
Well, according to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, I could start by thanking God for each person, and particularly, for their faith and their love, as he writes:
“…ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers” (Ephesians 1:15-16)
It’s great to start our prayers by thanking God for how he is working in each person, leading them to grow in their trust in him, and in the outworking of that through the love they have for other Christians.
But after that, Paul prays that they would know God better:
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better” (Ephesians 1:17)
The reason we pray that people would know God better is so that they can enjoy the riches of their relationship with him.
It’s a bit like getting to “know” a friend or a spouse: it’s not so we can pass a knowledge test about them, but it’s so we can grow deeper in our friendship.
So, let’s keep thanking God for each other’s faith and love, and keep asking him to help us know God better.
This Sunday we welcome Grahame Scarratt, who will be speaking on the topic “The cities of refuge” from Joshua chapter 20.
It’s also the right time for us to recognise many of the needs of our missionaries, so we’ll have a special report about what’s been happening in the lives of our partners in global, word ministry.
As always, come along and visit us at 10am or 5pm at 35 Fisher Street Oak Flats, or if you can’t make it in person, jump online at www.oakflats.tv to watch a livestream of our services.