16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[f] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray 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 his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
When we come to prayer to often we come with an agenda.
We come hoping to have things figured for us, plans come together, blessings (preferably in the form of something new and shiny) rained down from. Seems a little different than Paul's prayer huh?
Paul's prayer is that those that he is writing to in Ephesus may know God, and know the power in which God moves in works, and he is saying, "yes that very power that raise Jesus Christ from the dead and announced the good news of redemption."
Paul is praying that people come to know God is this mighty way,
Is this what we are praying for? For people's eyes to be opened, for lives to be healed, for christ to be revealed?
Far to often it is not, and far to often (at least for me) it is because we lose sight of knowing God in this way. We lose sight of the fact that God is a relational force in our life, he wants us to know him intimately and deeply.
Prayer is one of the best ways for us to do this, in prayer when coming before God we commune with the creator of the universe, and the redeemer of the broken. This is what we are doing!!
As we know God in this way, we will hopefully join Paul in his prayer.