My Favorite Prayer

I once bought a new Bible and highlighted every prayer in it, so I am acquainted with the prayers contained in the Bible.  I have also been trained in several churches [not ekklesias] for service on their prayer teams, so I am pretty well acquainted with the actual manner in which church Christians pray.  We typically pray for what we want, and then we pray what we think we need to get what we want.  We hardly ever pray for what God knows that we need to accomplish His calling for our individual life and other people's lives.  In short, we rely on our own understanding to accomplish our will, not God's will and understanding.  I would describe this as carnal prayer.

To remedy this I joined prayed to join Paul in being crucified with Christ and nevertheless living, but no longer I, but Christ living in me (Galatians 2:20).  In addition I prayed the prayer of Paul in  Philippians 3:10-11:

Php 3:10-11  to know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, having been conformed to His death, if somehow I may attain to a resurrection out of the dead.

As a result, when I started to be set free from my will and my understanding through the power of Jesus' cross and death and resurrection beginning to work in me, I came to the realization that the Bible does contain the 'perfect prayer' for every situation.  It is 'hidden in plain sight' in Hebrews 13:20-21:

Heb 13:20-21  Now may the God of Peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the Great Shepherd of the Sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to Whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

It is a wonderful prayer which relies not on one's understanding of what we need by on God's understanding.  And it's goal is that we may do His will, not our own will!  The winning combination in my opinion!

P.S.:  I heartily agree with the apostle Paul's humble acknowledgment  of his spiritual condition in the lines following his chapter 3 verse 10-11 prayer shown above:

Php 3:12-15  Not that I already received or already have been perfected, but I press on, if I also may lay hold, inasmuch as I also was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brothers, I do not count myself to have laid hold, but one thing I do, forgetting the things behind, and stretching forward to those things before, I press on after a mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Then as many as are perfect, let us be of this mind; and if you think anything differently, God will also reveal this to you.

Has Jesus Christ laid hold of you, dear reader?  And have you responded to His call to be all that you can be in Him to the glory of God the Father?

If not, now is a great time to do so!!