“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come” (Ephesians 1:18-21).
Our prayers of intercession are integrally related to Jesus’ intercession. When we pray in His name we join Christ in His high priestly ministry, because to pray in His name is to pray as though Christ himself prayed. We are so united with Him in prayer that He prays in and through us, and we pray in and through Him. Christ authorizes His disciples on earth to represent Him, to be in a place for Him. He wants us to see things the way He sees them, to want what He wants, to love what He loves, and to do what He does— and out of that frame of reference to ask what He would ask. Such prayers will always relate in some way to the King’s interests and desires. If our prayers miss the target, Christ will revise them and make them acceptable to the Father.
When we partner with the interceding Christ who is “seated at his [the Father’s] right hand . . . far above all rule and authority, power and dominion” (Ephesians 1:20–21) we are also sharing in His authority. Our prayers get tied to His authority. This means that God having “raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 2:6) allows us to pray with power, and promises to crush Satan under our feet, as we share in the authority of His throne. What a place! What a power! And all because our lives and our prayers are linked with the one who is the ultimate intercessor.
Lord God Almighty, please turn my selfishness into yieldedness so that my prayers will be aligned with Your desires and purposes. Help me to grasp that prayer is not about my own comfort and wants, but about Your kingdom. Because I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms, I am able to pray with Your power. Because of Your authority, I am able to defeat the enemy! For this I give You highest praise! Thank You Father!
–Adapted from Praying God’s Heart (Prayers that Make a Difference) by Alvin VanderGriend. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise the sovereign God who opens doors for the gospel of Christ (2 Cor.2:12). Thank God for leading you “in triumphal procession in Christ” and using you to spread “the fragrance of the knowledge of him” (2:14). Confess any lack of desire to be part of this procession. Commit to joining this great procession, and ask God to use you to bring “the knowledge of him” to your areas of influence.
Pray for those for whom “the aroma of Christ” in the “triumphal procession” is “the smell of death,” asking God to work his grace into their hearts to change it to “the fragrance of life” (2:14-17).
Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.