Day 40 1
As we have come to the last day of our 40 Days of Prayer, I would like to pronounce an invocation rather than a benediction – an invitation or new beginning rather than a final prayer or ending to our prayer emphasis. I hope that these 40 days have ignited a flame inside of you, a burning desire to be with the Lord in prayer. Perhaps you have been challenged to approach God differently or more frequently than you have in the past. Whatever good has come from this time, I pray that it will continue for you.
As I consider what prayer would be suitable for this occasion, I find that I cannot do better than Paul did in the opening of his letter to the Ephesians. He expresses here what I hope is in every pastor’s heart.
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 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. 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, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. [Ephesians 1:15-19a ~ NIV 1984]
For us to receive the Spirit of wisdom and revelation from God, we must make ourselves available to God. That is what we have striven to do in these 40 Days of Prayer. When we seek the Lord with sincerity and passion, He more than makes Himself accessible to us. What’s more, as Paul indicates in his prayer for the Ephesian believers, the Lord wants to reveal not only Himself to us, but also much more that we can know and anticipate.
I especially wish for you what Paul prayed in verses 18-19 of this passage. May God reveal to your heart of hearts the great hope we share in Christ Jesus. Through Him we have been enfolded into the family of God, sons and daughters of the Most High with an eternal inheritance that outshines any wonder or riches that this current world has to offer. This promised future is something we can live in right now as we allow the presence of God and the love of Christ to fill us and keep filling us day by day. Then we can see with our hearts and know with our whole being God’s “incomparably great power for us who believe” (Ephesians 1:19). May this revelation of God be received by you, giving you the constant encouragement to go forward for Him and continue to abide in Him.
Continue your journey of prayer. “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6). May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ fill you always and may His love guide your heart and life forever. Amen.