Prayer That A Believer Should Pray

Grace, love and peace to each and everyone in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Last week we learnt from Ephesians 1:17
* To whom should our prayer be addressed to
Our Prayer should be addressed to Father in the name of Jesus.
We have boldness to enter the sanctuary through Jesus Christ
We have confidence through Christ Jesus

We also learnt that Whatever we ask to the Father in the name of Jesus we will receive it.

* We should also pray that we should receive
The Spirit of Wisdom
The Spirit of Revelation and
The Knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ

We also learnt that secret things belongs to God and whatever has been revealed it is for us and our children (Deuteronomy 29:29)

Ephesians 1:18
I pray that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, 

This verse highlights on 3 Important things
1. Perception or the insights of our mind to be enlightened
2. So we may know Hope of His calling
3. and to Know the glorious riches of God’s inheritance among the saints

This is not referring to new insights or predictions of future events. These believers already knew the facts of salvation and the believer’s future hope with God. However, Paul wants them to better understand the importance of these blessings. 

1. Perception of our mind might be enlightened
The Mind plays an important role in a Christian life.
Many neglect but the Bible clearly says 

Romans 12:1-2
Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

Our mind should be transformed or renewed or changed if not we will not be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

If our minds are not transformed we will be conformed to this age.

Our prayer should be that our minds will be transformed.

Prayer includes getting enlightened.
Our minds need to be enlightened 

Perception of our mind should be enlightened.

2 Corinthians 4:3-6
But if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case, the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we are not proclaiming ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves because of Jesus. For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ.

2. So we may Know Hope of His calling
Only when our minds are enlightened we will know.
Knowing is very important.
Many people are ignorant because they do not know the real blessings
Many people are ignorant because they do not know the reality
Many people are ignorant because they do not know the spiritual realm
Many people are ignorant because they do not know the God’s providence
Many people are ignorant because they do not know God’s work

When our minds are enlightened we will know

What will we know?
To know God’s calling or to know the Hope in God our minds need to be enlightened.

Can you see how deep this prayer takes us?
We should pray this prayer because many struggle to find their calling.
 
We should start praying that our minds might be enlightened so that we can know the Hope of God’s calling.

3. And to Know the glorious riches of God’s inheritance among the saints
Can we see that when our mind is renewed we will know
When our mind is enlightened we will know

We will know the Hope of His calling
We will know the glorious riches of God’s inheritance 
We will know where we have the inheritance – it is among the saints

The problem with the believers is they really do not know where they belong.
 
The Bible keeps telling Don’t you know, Don’t you know.

Hebrews 5:11-14
11 We have a great deal to say about this, and it’s difficult to explain, since you have become too lazy to understand
12 Although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the basic principles of God’s revelation again. You need milk, not solid food. 13 Now everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced with the message about righteousness, because he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature—for those whose senses have been trained to distinguish between good and evil.

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Naveen John (NJ)

NJ MINISTRIES

Prayer that a believer should know

Grace, love and peace to each and everyone in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Let us dive into our Bible Study on Ephesians 1:17-19

This passage talks about the prayer that Paul did and every believer needs to start praying because there are many spiritual insights in this prayer.

Paul prayed that the Ephesians might really understand who Christ is.

Christ is our model, and the more we know Christ, the more we will be like Christ.

Personal knowledge of Christ is life – changing.

Ephesians 1:17-19
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I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. 
18 I pray that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength.

We should learn to pray this prayer because it is a spiritual prayer which does not talk about physical things but it talks about the Spiritual things.

This prayer gives us a deeper understanding why most of the Christians remain as baby Christians rather than growing in Christ.

Our Prayers are self-centered
Our prayers are selfish
Our Prayers are for our physical benefit.

But this prayer if we study in detail talks about 10 things that a Spirit man or inner man or a matured man is needed:
* Glorious Father
* Spirit of Wisdom
* Spirit of Revelation
* Knowledge of God
* Perception of our mind
* Enlightened
* Riches of His inheritance
* Immeasurable greatness of His Power
* Belief
* Working of His vast strength

Paul’s prayer starts of saying I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ
We pray to the Father in Jesus name.
We pray to God in Jesus’ name.

This is something that we need to understand.

John 16:23-24
“I assure you: Anything you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. 24 Until now you have asked for nothing in My name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

Jesus is talking about prayer.
Whatever we ask of the Father – we will receive.

We don’t pray to Jesus
We have fellowship with Jesus
We address Jesus in the prayer to the Father.

We pray to the Father in the name of Jesus.
When I am praying to the Father we ask in the name of Jesus.

Hopefully you have understood.
Let’s see what Jesus taught us in the Heavenly Prayer.

Matthew 6:9
Our Father in heaven, Your name be honored as holy.

Our Prayers are addressed to the Father but we have boldness and confidence through Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 10:19
Therefore, brothers, since we have boldness to enter the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus,

Ephesians 3:12
In Him we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.

John 16:23-24
“I assure you: Anything you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. 24 Until now you have asked for nothing in My name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

Everything is given by Father in heaven and we receive it or pray in Jesus name.

Now this prayer tells about our glorious Father.
We should pray that Father would give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.

Every believer should pray that we should receive the spirit of Wisdom
Every believer should pray that we should receive the spirit of Revelation
Every believer should pray that we should receive the knowledge of God.

Just think if a believer has the spirit of wisdom – he or she will be able to apply the wisdom and when wisdom is applied the path would be opened and they would make right decisions and will not be deceived.

If a believer has the spirit of Revelation – everything that the natural eye cannot see our spiritual man will start seeing and we will start living in the revelation.

Deuteronomy 29:29
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.

If a believer lives in the knowledge of God he would not be ignorant of the works of God and the believer would start knowing what’s the right path and will not be deceived.

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Naveen John (NJ)