I have recently been contemplating the holy prayer recorded in Ephesians 1:17-23. It is instructive to see the direction of focus in this apostolic prayer for the church. Especially in light of the fact that there seems to be an increasing tendency within the Church, in counsel and even in music, to focus attention on man rather than on God. Notably many songs recently introduced in worship could be described more accurately as “therapy songs” than “worship songs.” The focus of these songs is on humans and the lyrics extol who "we" are and on what “You,” or “I,” or “We” can do, rather than on who God is and what God can do.
The Apostle Paul's prayer for the church was that believers would focus their attention on God and behold His glory and grace. Our need is to see God and to perceive who He is and what He can do. Moses understood this vital truth. He knew that in the face of the Kingdom task before him, his need was to see the glory of God. He did not want God to show him the powers of Moses (even in redemption), rather, Moses knew he needed to see his Redeemer God: [Moses] said, I beseech You, show me Your glory (Exodus 33:18).
Since we need to see, focus upon, and triumph in the power and glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, this is my Bible prayer for our pastors and for believers across our district:
Dear Father, God of glory and of grace, grant that we may have spiritual understanding of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ! May we abound in wisdom of our Savior. May we be given revelation and knowledge of Jesus in all things. Lord, grant that our spiritual eyes will be open and perceive by holy enlightenment what is the glorious hope that we have in Jesus. May we see, value, and abound in heavenly riches, understanding that our inheritance in Christ is of inestimable value.
Dear Holy Spirit, may we experience the exceeding greatness of the power of Christ, which You minister unto us who believe, according to the mighty power of Christ Jesus! By the very power that raised the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead and seated Him at the right hand of the throne of glory, may we go forward from victory unto victory!
Lord, may our worship and focus ever be on Him who reigns far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come, with all things placed under His feet. Christ Jesus is the head over all things, and the King and Glory of the church. Therefore, may we, His body, live in His fullness, and may His abounding glory fill all in all. In Jesus name, Amen!
Prayer personalized from Ephesians 1:17-23