A PRAYER FOR EQUIPPING
Often I get stuck in a rut of praying for people and the needs they have that are pressing right here and now. My rut also includes prayers for the general turning to God of those people. The prayer prayed for the Hebrews says so much more than our general prayers, so it would be worth us using this example as we pray for each other. Listen:
“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13 – 20 – 12 ESV).
I love the way the writer asks God to provide us with the best tools to please him and to do his will. Really, what more could we ask for? This request takes us from the here and how into eternity. It helps us to live right now for the things that will last for ever. And the one we are asking this blessing from is the God of peace, the God with the power to raise the dead, the God who, through Jesus, made a covenant of love with us. He has all he needs – the resources, the power and the love to answer this prayer in ways beyond anything we could ever imagine.
May our lives overflow with prayer this week.
With love in our Lord,