It thrills me to read Paul’s Prayer for us…for US! It thrills me to pray them for others:
- Ephesians 1:15-22 (NIV) 15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 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. 18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church…
- Philippians 1:9-11 (NIV) 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ–to the glory and praise of God.
- Colossians 1:9, 10: “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
Without knowledge of God, we have no love for Him or for each other. I read something this morning that says: “Everything new known about God is a new reason to love Him.” Frank Sheed.
We cannot love Him unless we are constantly learning to know Him through His Word, ever praying that He will open our eyes and hearts.
Because we are gaining new understanding, we are constantly renewing love for God. Out of our new understanding and love for God comes our ability to love…truly love those God has put into our lives. Whoever the cracked pots are around us…we can love them without defensiveness and without feeling they need justice poured all over them…without disliking or rejecting them because they don’t fit the (our) mold.
This is supernatural love. This love comes from knowing God. This is the love we want for family and other broken people in our lives. This is the love that takes away the miserable feelings that are constantly taking us over and destroying any opportunity for relationships with broken people. After all…we are all very broken…whether we are the ones judging or the ones being judged.
Through His word and our prayers for understanding, discernment and love …it is God…who heals our broken places!