Each week we’ll post a short snippet from Ashley’s sermon from that Sunday. His sermon this Sunday looked at Paul’s two prayers in Ephesians and asked what they told us about his faith. At the end of the sermon he made some practical suggestions for ways that Christians might learn to pray more kingdom-shaped prayers.
I want to challenge all of us, myself included, to try one or more of these simple suggestions in the coming week:
* Use Paul’s prayers in Ephesians as the basis for your prayers for others.
* Read a small part of the Bible (such as your daily reading if you do one) and then try to pray back to God the things you’ve read.
* Try praying the psalms by picking a different one each day. If it’s a long psalm try dividing it into a few parts rather than praying the whole thing.
* Write down what you want to pray. This will help you think through what you want to say and so help your prayers be more about what God is doing in the world.
And as you do one or more of these things, remember that Paul’s prayers were short suggesting he spent more time listening to God and less time speaking.
[Reflecting on Ephesians 1.15-23 and 3.14-21]