I’ve written in DIG before that I’ve heard (and often said) some silly prayers in my time in the church.
Paul gives us good examples of model prayers that we can use as a new covenant believer living under grace and not under law.
One such example is set at the end of the Book of Acts as Paul completes his ministry on earth.
He talks of the state of people hearts, ears and eyes; they are waxed gross, dull and closed respectively.
Paul prays that their eyes would see, ears hear and hearts understand in order to be saved (or converted) and healed; this is a great prayer that we can use today.
Do you ever wonder (as I often have) how to pray for your family, friends and colleagues who just do not seem to see what we have in Christ, hear what we say about the love, goodness and mercy of Jesus or understand where we are coming from?
They cannot see, hear or understand as their eyes, ears and hearts are in the same condition as the people that Paul encountered in Rome.
The good news therefore is that we can use the same prayer as he did!
Paul had success with this prayer and we can too!
Pray that their eyes and ears are open toward the good news that you can then show them and tell them; then pray that their hearts understand this gospel or good news of Jesus and His finished work.
Then we may see them saved and healed; I don’t know about you but this is what I want for my family, friends and colleagues.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the model prayer we see from Paul, and thank you Lord for the boldness and opportunity to speak this out in the days to come”.
Acts 28 v 27…..For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and shall be converted, and I should heal them