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Why we need to pray

21 October 2014, 08:34

I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man (Eph. 3:14–16). It is a foundational principle in the kingdom of God that the Lord will give more strength to our inner man if we ask Him for it. In Ephesians 3:16, Paul asked the Lord to strengthen the inner man of the believers in Ephesus. It is vital for us to understand this prayer because it is one of the most important prayers we can pray. Our inner man is our soul, made up of our mind, emotions, and will. It is the place where we directly connect and interact with Jesus.

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It may sound unusual but it is necessary to focus some of our prayers on our own inner man by asking the Holy Spirit to strengthen us internally, in our heart. It is biblical to pray for external things like our ministry, a breakthrough in fnances, or help with situations and cir- cumstances in our life. However, many never get around to praying for their internal life to be strengthened. Just as our physical strength can increase or decrease, so can our spiri- tual strength. We cannot always discern the specifc times when the Spirit strengthens us because He usually does it in small measures. I compare it to taking vitamins. I have taken vitamins for years, but I cannot remember one precise day when I knew it was making a difference. If we take the right vitamins, they will strengthen us physically over time. It is the same way in our spirit man: if we ask regularly, the Spirit will release His might little by little, and over time we will discern new found strength.

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