I’ve taken this prayer initially from the Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj, “Exercise Toward Godliness”, which is primarily a book about fasting.  Best fasting book I’ve ever seen.  Anyway, he actually took the idea from this prayer from a Kenneth Hagin book “Believers Authority”.  Kenneth Hagin said in this book that he began a prayer patterned after passages from Ephesians 1 and 3.  He said he would pray this in his morning prayers, night prayers, and also during the day at points.  I believe he said something like after praying this for over a 1000 times, God began to move in his life.  I need to go back through and read it more.

Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj read this and decided if it worked for Kenneth Hagin, it could work for him.  He wrote down those scriptures, personalized them, and began to pray them in every spare moment he had.  Months, maybe years passed, and suddenly one day God opened his eyes.

Now I believe I heard him preaching one time and saying that he spent so long do this, praying and fasting, when there was a quicker way, which was through meditation and waiting(I think).  I’ve been keeping track of all those, but it of course gets jumbled up in my head.  So I believe he was saying doing what he did wasn’t necessarily the right or fastest way.  Having said that, the prayers from early Ephesians are remarkable.  I’ve never thought to pray them in my life.  Kenneth’s original prayer was from Ephesians 1:17-21 and 3:16-19.  The Sadhu has made the point countless times that you don’t copy someone’s methods, they are different for different people, but you can follow principles.  In this case, the principle was praying these scriptures.  I added in another scripture from John 14:18-19 that means a lot personally to me.  This is what my prayer looks like.

I pray that the God of my Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to me a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.  I pray that the eyes of my heart may be enlightened, so that I will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.  These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 
 
That He would grant me, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith; and that I, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that I may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
 
For you will not leave me as an orphan, but you will come to me.  The world may no longer see you, but I will see you; because you live, I will live also.

This is not the way toward walking with God, but I think it to be a very helpful step.  Praying for revelation and wisdom from God can never go wrong.  So I plan to add this to my unfortunately already long list of habits I’m forming. At least some of them are starting to stick more, so it’s not as hard doing them.

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