In Ephesians 3 Paul breaks into prayer for those to whom he is writing. I get like that sometimes. When thinking about others and laying out plans for a next step, my mind and heart break into prayer. It is habit. It is a developed habit. Hopefully, it is a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being
In the middle of the chapter and a long thought sequence on the unity of believers in Christ, we find an enormously useful prayer encouragement. It is a pure power prayer meant to impact lives. This is not a wimpy prayer. This is power. I would love someone to pray this prayer for me on a regular basis.
The first part is all about health.
out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being
Every one of us needs energy to get our lives in motion. Every one of us needs energy to overcome lethargy of disappointments and discouragements and diseases. Every one of us needs energy.
Energy can come from the synergy of the Holy Spirit filling and activating us. In a service in Matamoros, a pastor asked for prayer. As I prayed for him and his wife, the energy of the Holy Spirit lifted me. Praying for him, I was energized. After three intensive days on my feet in the church and in the street, I was tired. That moment lifted me into a new realm of energy and the rest of the service went by rapidly.
Going to bed can be a laborious ritual for some of us. Not much energy in getting ready to sleep. But going to bed on a tough day saps expectation of joy for the new morning. I don’t like to sleep until I know I will wake with energy and expectation. Right before I go to sleep I am motivated to stir up the Holy Spirit within me with scripture and expectant prayer and some times defiant declarations. Somehow, I believe that is the Holy Spirit within me disturbing His power for protection and preservation and potential. Then I can rest for the evening. Confidence in His love is reassured and rest ensues.
Energy is needed. The Holy Spirit inside of you is a source of powerful energy. His action inside of you brings synergistic impact on reality. Reality changes to conform to God’s will and creativity. You take out of the abundance of His storehouse of all that is needed for life and Godliness and apply it to you action and day.
In Malachai there is a promise. The Son of Righteousness will rise with healing in His wings. You will leap forward out of a dormant position like a well fed calf jumping from the stall. That is energy. Anyone who has been to a rodeo knows that roping a calf is tough business. They are full of moving energy. Darting and dashing, they elude the rope and delay timing of the best. That can be you. You can be darting and dashing and eluding the drag of life. You can be full of energy.
Spend some time in the scripture. Spend some time listening in prayer. Spend some time developing a forecast of the future that fits the design of God. Be energized.
Energy can overcome every discouragement and disease. It has a way of making them of no effect.