In the Epistles of the Apostle Paul he prays fervently for the spiritual well-being of those he loves. Have you prayed lately for your own spiritual well-being? For the spiritual well-being of others?

Knox Prayer Ministry has chosen Ephesians 3:14-21 as a prayer focus for the 2017-2018 year. Here Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians outlines how to pray for ourselves and others:

  1. Pray for inner strength of the Holy Spirit.
  2. Pray that Christ may live in believers’ hearts through faith.
  3. Pray that believers will be grounded in God’s love.
  4. Pray that believers comprehend the scope of Christ’s love.
  5. Pray that believers may experience the love of Christ.
  6. Pray that believers may be filled with the very nature of God.

Why pray this way? Note verse 21 as it declares, so that God may be glorified in the church through all generations! Meditate on these verses and pray them on your own, with your family, with a friend, or your small group. Use the prayer outline of Ephesians 3:14-21 to intercede for people whom God places on your heart. As you grow in knowing Christ, ask God to show you who around you needs to hear the Good News of Christ’s love.


January 2018
As January is a month of new year’s resolutions and looking to new things, let us pray for how God would make us new on the inside in 2018. Pray Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,  and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”  – Ephesians 3:14-21 (NASB)