Understanding the Power of Prayer by Cynthia Giumarra – November 2010

Ephesians 1: 17-22.  Understanding this passage could just change your view of prayer!

17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[a] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I 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, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far 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. 22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

If you look at the highlighted portion of this passage you will see that Paul is talking to us about the incredible power of God which is at work for us (or toward us).  A close look at what he tells us reveals a great truth about the power of God.

God’s power is:…like the working of His mighty strength which He exerted when He raised Christ from the grave and seated Jesus in the heavenly realms at His right hand.  There is nothing like it on all the earth and  it is available for us through Christ!  To see part of what God has done through His power in the resurrection, look at what Paul says about Christ and where he is seated as a result of that power:  …far above all rule and authority, power and dominion and any title that can be given not only in this present age, but also in the one to come.    What this means is that Jesus had absolute power then…He has it now and He will have it forever…in any age to come.  Verse 22 tells us that Christ is over everything for the church. We are the church!

The next time you pray remember this power that is at work for you…there is no force on this earth that can stand against it.  Remember where Jesus is seated and the authority he has over everything.  Read the entirety of this passage and set your heart to pray with fresh understanding of God’s power.  There is nothing God cannot do and there is nothing that is not under the feet of Jesus.  Pray with understanding and pray with authority… knowing the power that is at work for you!

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