How about you? When do you usually ask others to pray for you? When things are going well, or when you’re in a tough spot.
Why is it that we usually only think about prayer for sick friends or for friends in desperate need?
The apostle Paul wrote a letter to the Christians at Ephesus to encourage them. This church, as far as we know, wasn’t asking Paul for advice, and they weren’t facing intense persecution. They were mostly a spiritually healthy group.
So Paul wrote this to his healthy friends—
I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly. (Ephesians 1:16)
Paul went on to share with us his prayer for strong, spiritually healthy people (vv. 17-22). He asked God to make his healthy friends even stronger. He asked God to give them:
- a super-abundance of the Holy Spirit
- more wisdom and revelation
- deeper intimacy with God
- greater hope
- greater power
- and more strength
I’m not suggesting we stop praying for people in need. We definitely need to keep doing that. But perhaps it’s time to make a list of your healthy friends, and ask God to give them even more of Himself!