For This Reason

David Mojica

Read: Ephesians 1:15-23

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. (v. 16)

Chaos and despair in the world is the new normal nowadays. However, the apostle Paul reminds us that God’s restoration project has already begun. In his letter to the Ephesian believers, Paul tells us that hope and healing will come through God’s power through prayer. Intercessory prayer requires total dependence on God, the kind that Jesus had in mind when he said, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). When we intercede for others, we enter into a struggle that can disrupt the plans of the evil one.

While Paul is in prison, he makes intercession on behalf of this community of believers living in Ephesus on the west coast of Asia Minor by the Aegean Sea. Nothing seems to stop Paul from praying that he might frustrate the plans of the wicked one, who is bent on creating chaos and stopping God’s restoration project in and around us. For this reason, Paul wants the Ephesians to pray fervently and without ceasing, asking God to give them “the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him” (Eph. 1:17). He wants this community to discover God’s beautiful plan for their lives through prayer. Paul’s reason for praying is this: believers can live through the chaos and despair by living lives filled with hope and joy in Christ. —David Mojica

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for your perfect plan for our lives. Open our eyes so we may see your restoration in the midst of despair. Amen.