“I ask [God] …to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally… so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do.” Ephesians 1: 17,18 (The Message Bible)
When Paul was in a Roman prison cell, he continued his ministry by writing letters. He had heard how the people of Ephesus had a “solid trust” in Jesus, and out of gratitude, he wrote: “I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed.” Then he told them how he wanted so much more from them—for them to see with clear eyes what God is calling them to do to keep the faith. This letter of encouragement, tagged with prayer, gave the Ephesians strength and hope.
Every day in my prayers, I pray for my children, family, for those who are sick, our military families, government officials, and for the president and his family. I do blanket prayers asking for safety and good health for everyone. Now and then I include the words of Paul and ask for him to give certain people intelligence and discernment when making decisions.
Perhaps it’s time for me to write a letter to my congressmen, senators, and the president, to let them know I am praying for them and to encourage them to use their intelligence to discern what is best for the nation.
Lord, I gratefully accept prayers said in my behalf. Amen.