15I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:15–23, NRSV)
There are probably not words that are said more often, and not done then I’ll pray for you.
Have you ever said, “I’ll pray for you.” and then never prayed for the person?
The author of Ephesians says that they do not cease giving thanks for the people of the church of Ephesus in prayer. The author prays that God will enliven their spirits and give them wisdom and revelation, that their eyes would be opened. And they would be closer to God and be His agents in the world.
But we tell people, I’ll pray for you, and do we? Do we understand the power of prayer or what it is if we say we will do it but we don’t?
And why do we wait? When someone asks for prayer, just do it with them right there right then. We are so worried about the words and what others will think but think of the witness! And just say, “dear Jesus, you know what ____ needs right now. Be with them in this time and give them peace.” Keep it simple, and just show the world the power of prayer.