The (un)selfish prayer

Ephesians 1:15-23

“For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 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, according to the working of His great might that He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things under His feet and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fulness of Him who fills all in all.”

“For this reason because I have heard….” Because Paul had heard of their faith in the Lord Jesus and their love toward the Saints, he was not ceasing to give thanks for them and he was remembering them in his prayers. I had to laugh at myself when I read this and thought this thought. I thought how petty of me to circumstantially pray and give thanks. Yes, I thank the Lord everyday for His love towards me but how often do I thank the Lord for the love He has allowed me to feel towards others or towards Him or that I am loved by those around me. How often do I pray for someone just because or how often do I remember to pray for those that I have set reminders on my phone for. I am terrible at remembering to pray for anything other than what I need or want and even when I know I should be taking something to the Lord in prayer I’m stubborn because I don’t need help, I can figure it out on my own. The Lord eventually gets me to the point of finally committing whatever the situation is to Him but it still should not be about me. Now I have to ask myself do I, when I do pray for others expect something in return or expect them to just automatically pray for me. Paul didn’t pray because he was getting something in return, no he did it because of what he had heard, how they loved and how they had faith. So do I only pray because of what I have seen or do I trust what I hear from others or even what I hear the Lord telling me.
Paul prayed and asked that they would receive the Spirit of wisdom, revelation in knowledge of God, that the eyes of their hearts would be enlightened, that they would know what is the hope to which they have been called, that they would know the riches of His inheritance, and the immeasurable greatness of His power. Paul wasn’t being selfish in his prayers. He asked that they would either receive or understand. Not that he would gain or receive anything in return. My prayer life should not be circumstantial, selfish, or plain old none existent in any way shape or form but it should be spirit lead, faith lead, but most importantly GOD lead.


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