Pray According to God’s Riches

In her Bible Study On Bended Knee, Crickett Keeth asks what it means to pray “according to the riches of his glory (Ephesians 3:16)?”*

It means we pray expecting God “to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think (Ephesians 3:21).”

Here’s why: “The greater a person’s wealth, the greater his gift must be to qualify for giving according to his wealth. For God to give according to the riches of His glory is absolutely staggering, because His riches are limitless, completely without bounds.”**

*adapted from Crickett Keeth, On Bended Knee, p. 43.

**John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary Ephesians, p.102.

Afraid to pray?

During the Civil War a beautiful, highly educated, and popular young woman fell into prostitution. Just before she died, at the age of 22, she wrote that she was dying alone, too wicked for a prayer.*

Don’t let sin keep you from prayer. Jesus is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him (Hebrews 7:25).

*adapted from John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary Matthew 1-7, p.305-306.

 

Because of Prayer

When Helen Ewing died at the age of 22 it is said that all of Scotland wept.

She had no obvious gifts such as speaking or writing and had never traveled far from home.  Yet by the time she died she had won hundreds of people to Jesus Christ.

Helen had risen every morning at 5 to study God’s Word and to pray. Her diary revealed that she regularly prayed for over three hundred missionaries by name.*

Pray like Helen prayed.

*Adapted from John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary Matthew 1-7, p.243-244.