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Pray in 2021 – Giving Thanks/Keep Asking

Pray in 2021 – Giving Thanks/Keep Asking


“I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also 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 the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:16-19a)

Let’s pray in 2021! Like the apostle Paul, we can give thanks for his blessings even following a challenging year. We can pray for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that we may know God better. We can pray for our eyes to be opened as we renew our minds daily in the scripture to His hope, the riches of His glorious inheritance, and His incomparably great power.

In Jim Maxim’s new book, 21 Days of Deeper Prayer he writes, “Learning about prayer and its precious gift to us, its function in our lives, and the life changing power it provides will transform your life forever!” Watch for this book around the 21 days of prayer at Idlewild in January.

When I was in college, a friend and I found 30 minutes in our busy schedules that we could set aside for prayer throughout the year. We were young and inexperienced, but we each made a prayer list each week, and we called out to God together praying over these lists. About 7-8 years later I was serving a church as the Pastor, and while going through old college boxes, I found one of these lists. I was amazed as I went down the list and realized that God had answered every prayer!

A prayer lists is one way to approach the throne of God, but there is so much more to prayer. Daniel Henderson said, “Prayer is our most natural response to God.”

In 2021 watch for new prayer opportunities. Imagine joining with two other believers in a prayer triangle to pray for at least 15 minutes a week. I am guessing that you won’t be able to stop at 15. Many families pray at meals and other times, but how would you like to set aside a special time of prayer and worship once a week that can be unique to your family’s personality and schedule as your Family Prayer Altar? is a website that you can log on for free and commit to pray for 50 of your neighbors by name as you prayer walk physically or virtually. Praying is just the beginning of what God may do through you in your neighborhood. You can look there now or find the link on the Idlewild web page along with other prayer resources and devotional blogs. Let’s start by “giving thanks’, but “keep asking” following the example set by Paul.

Greg Murphy – Minister, Family Care