Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
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The letters Paul wrote to the Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians, while he was in prison are Kigdom Prayers. They lead to a kind of Life that cannot be grasped by human effort alone. The principles in these prayers must be born in us through the work of God’s Spirit.
These are Kingdom principles that enter what we are on the inside in answer to Kingdom prayers. These prayers root out ways of thinking and responding to life that are contrary to God's Kingdom, reaching the resentments, fears, anger, bitterness, insecurity, and depression that are running rampant, like emissaries from Satan sent to hinder every relationship. They must be earnest prayers, the kind that will not stop till the answers have come. We want them to break forth in our hearts with a fresh impact on our understanding, on our faith and on our commitment to the Kingdom of Christ and of God—Ephesians 5:5.
As we look again at the prayers recorded in letters Paul wrote from jail, we find four prayers that we have broken down into twelve for our “Discipline of Intercession.” As we look at them from a different perspective we will take note of something to be seen regarding them in the Greek. Paul emphasized important points of his praying by the repeated use of the Greek word hína. At each use of this little word there is a significant point of request regarding the rule of God. In its simplest state hína means "in order that." Paul was making precise and definite petitions in prayer "in order that" the people for whom he was praying might become ready to function with Christ in His Kingdom.
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Dear Lord, Open our eyes so we can know how great is Your dynamic power unto us who believe. Do this according to the motivating power resident in the power of Your Government. Release in us the strength of Your muscle power as all this worked in releasing Jesus from the power of death.
And, Lord... I ask that You release that same dynamic power to work in these I hold before You, to release them from the strongholds of sin, sickness, satanic deception and emotional bondages.
In the wonderful Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ...
The Possibilities That Are Ours IN Christ
Jesus introduced us to Heaven’s Kingdom and taught us to pray that it would come in the earth (Matthew 6:10). In the prayers from Paul, written while he was in prison, we get a grip on the principles of the Kingdom Life that will help make us ready to withstand the anti-Christ attacks.
This is an introduction to those prayers. We are learning they lead to a kind of Life that cannot be grasped by human effort. It must be born in us through the work of God’s Spirit. It’s from Paul that we learn of the ruling principles that turn us into sons and daughters of the Kingdom. They are Kingdom principles that enter what we are on the inside in answer to these prayers. They must be earnest prayers, the kind that will not stop till the answers have come.
with a month of "prayer-starters" that cover all the scriptures included in our "discipline."
Principles of Supplication Secrets We Gain from Paul about
Ministering to Othersin Prayer
We have gone over these principles time and time again, however...
until they become so ingrained in us as to guide us in our everyday
lives, we will continue to address them. I have attempted to gather
all the writings I could find on the subject and include them in
this easy to read booklet. It's a good place to start.
We do not cease giving thanks for you, making mention always of you in our prayers,THAT the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, might give unto you a spirit of wisdom and revelation, not just in knowing Him, but also in the acknowledgment of Him, and that the eyes of your understanding might be flooded with light so you can know, in a way no one can take from you, not only the hope of God’s calling upon your life.
By that same enlightenment, We pray that you might allow yourselves to partake of the riches of the glory of God’s inheritance in you, so you might know how valuable you are to God, and THAT you might realize the exceeding greatness of God’s enabling power that is available to us who are believers, even the same power He used as a force of divine energy when He raised Christ out of death’s dominion.
We also pray THAT He would give to you, according to the bountiful wealth of His Glory, the governing power of His Spirit in your inner man, THAT Christ may dwell in your heart by faith and THAT having been rooted in and built upon a foundation of love, you might have the strength to lay hold on the breadth and length and depth and height of the unfathomable love of Christ, THAT you might know God in all the fullness of His Glory and that His love and grace will abound more and more in your life so that you will have the courage to discern with a full knowledge and perception, what is the more excellent way for your life.
We pray this so THATyou will be free from anything offensive as we approach the Day of Christ, and that you will be able to stand and walk in victory as that day approaches. We pray these things for you because we know that your heart yearns for His peace and victory in your life so we continue to pray a prayer that will not be denied, THAT you will be filled with the acknowledgment of God’s will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding and that you will be able to lay hold on His enabling Grace so that you can walk in a manner worthy of the LORD... THAT you would have the strength and the courage to please Him in everything you do, and that you will be able to carry out your responsibilities in a way that is satisfactory and helpful to yourself, to your family, to the body of Christ… and that you will be fruitful in everything you do, with an increasing acknowledgment of the Lord God.
Above all else…We pray THAT you will be strengthened by the enabling power of God’s Spirit, leading to His government ruling in your life, that it will carry you through to a steadfast endurance with patience and longsuffering, all the while maintaining your joy.
We can only thank the Father for the grace He has provided for us through His Son, enabling us to partake of everything bright and beautiful He has for us. We thank Him that, through His suffering, He has qualified us for our allotted portion of the… inheritance of the saints in the light.
We Praise You, Lord, and thank you for rescuing us from the authority of darkness, deception and defeat and setting us up in the Kingdom of the Son you love so much. It is only through Him we have deliverance from the captivity once held over us by the sins that had possessed us. Thank you Lord for the Grace You made available to us through the sufferings of…
Your Son Jesus Christ, our Savior and Messiah,
Light unto the world… Prince of Peace.
Ephesians 1:15,16 Wherefore, I also, having heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and the love unto all the saints,
do not cease giving thanks for you, making mention always of you in my prayers:
APRIL is POWER MONTH The Power of the Resurrection, released for our Living. THAT... you might know with the same light flooding your soul● what is the exceeding greatness of His enabling power unto us, the believing ones, according to the energetic force of the dominion of His strength, which He put forth as a force of divine energy in the Christ when He raised Him out of death’s domain and seated Him at His Own right hand in the heavenlies, far above all principality and authority and power and lordship, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the coming (age). Ephesians 1:19,20
MAY is the MONTH for INNER STRENGTH The Government of Christ Reaches
Into the Inner Parts of Our Souls. 16THAT...He would give to you, according to the opulent wealth of His glory, to be governed by His Spirit in your inner man,
17 so Christ might dwell in your heart by faith... Ephesians 3:14-17a
JUNE is LOVE MONTH A new commandment I give unto you,
" that ye love one another. " THAT... ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge… Ephesians 3:17b-19
JULY is FULLNESS MONTH The fullness that can be ours in the Lord Jesus. THAT... ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God...Ephesians 3:17-19
OCTOBER is the MONTH
for Making Strong Your Confidence in Christ Bathing our souls in Hebrews,the Book of the Finished Work. THAT ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding...Colossians 1:9
NOVEMBER is DAILY WALK MONTH That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work,and increasing in the knowledge of God; THAT ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Colossians 1:10
DECEMBER is JOY MONTH Coming as the companion of patience and longsuffering. THAT we might be…strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness… Colossians1:11