We, the body of Christ, are to pray and live so that our lives direct those around us to Jesus Himself. As we pray, our lives are being transformed from self-centeredness to God-centeredness. This becomes a radical change because it affects everything we say and do.

As I looked specifically in Ephesians 1:15-23, I’m astounded at the depth and beauty of Paul’s prayers for the church of Ephesus and then for all others who read his prayers later. In verses 17-18, Paul is expressing his heart for Asia Minor, that God would reveal Himself to them more clearly, that their hearts would be opened to glorious visions, and that they would understand the inheritance they’ve been given and the sheer power of the God and Gospel they have come to believe. This is a perfect example of praying a radical, transformational prayer.

As important as it is to pray these kinds of prayers for others, it is imperative that we pray this way for ourselves as well.

And, as we apply Paul’s prayer and incorporate it as our own, I challenge us to think of ten Christian family members/friends to pray this prayer for daily. Ask God for His power and Spirit to explode and pour out for the purpose of living a transformational life, growing our witness and influence for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Let’s expect great and mighty things as we seek to turn from self-centeredness and live radically God-centered lives. The results will be as written in verse 23, “the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way.”

“The greatest thing anyone can do for God and for man is to pray.” – S.D. Gordon