At Cornerstone Church’s prayer meeting we have been unpacking the Lord’s Prayer prior to actually praying. It has been simultaneously wonderful and disappointing. The deep truths of God are always wonderful, and Christ’s teaching on how to communicate to God is one of those deep truths. However, I have unfortunately recognized how misplaced my prayer life is compared to how Jesus shows us how to pray.
In our verse above, we are given another window into how to pray. It is the window into the prayer life of Paul, a follower of Christ like no other. His devotion and revelations are comparable to no mans.
In the above verse we see Paul praying for something very specific. He is praying for a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God. First, notice what Paul does not pray for. He does not pray that their church budget would increase. He does not pray for more warm bodies in the pews. He does not pray that they would be without sickness. He does not pray for sunny days and a comfortable life. He instead prays that God would reveal Himself to them. His primary prayer for them was for the followers of Jesus to know God better. It appears that Paul believed that knowing the glory of the Father is the most important thing within a church.
Now take a moment and reflect on your prayer life. Reflect on your church’s prayer life. What are you praying for? What are your leaders praying for? Are they praying for the knowledge of God to grow within the congregation? I confess that I have not always prayed for this. And for that I repent.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying don’t pray for the small things. I think we should take everything to the Lord in prayer, no matter what it is. But, what we cannot afford to do is to forget that the main thing for a believer, and for a church, is to continue to pursue the glory of the Lord.
I believe that if we do, we will experience great things in our churches, in our families, and in our lives. Don’t get the cart before the horse. Seek ye first the kingdom of God…more specifically, seek ye first the King.