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Second Prayer - by Michael Phillips
The Book of Ephesians - Part 6 of 14
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Ephesians 3:14-21
May 11, 2008 am - What are you praying for? If my private devotions and our prayer meetings are any indication, what you're praying for-for the most part-is salvation for the lost, healing for the sick, jobs for the unemployed, and good marriages for most everyone. Praying for such things is perfectly consistent with the Lord's Prayer, and we ought to do it more often than we do, and with more faith and fervor. But when we come to the Epistles of Paul, we find a great many prayers, and these things hardly ever come up. Did you ever wonder why? Some people are more spiritual than God, thinking Aunt Martha's arthritic little toe is unworthy of their concern. Paul did not feel this way: how could he? He himself knew the Psalm-and quoted it- The earth is the Lord's And the fullness thereof. Paul was interested in Aunt Martha's arthritic little toe, and you should be too, because God is! Our prayers can dishonor God in two ways: by never praying for big things as if His power were too small to do them, and by never praying for little things because His love is too small to care about them. Nuts to moderate, mainstream, middle-of-the-road prayers- Casting all your cares upon Him, Because He cares for ... More >>>

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