We often pray for others, but does our prayer for them include the most important things? Do we recognize that our prayers must always include a cry for the Lord to dwell in the hearts of those we care about? It is not enough that we pray that burdens be eased or troubles resolved. We are called to pray for true conversion to Jesus. In today’s first reading, Paul gives an example of this powerful prayer petition.
Brothers and sisters:
I kneel before the Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory
to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self,
and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;
that you, rooted and grounded in love,
may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones
what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,
so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Today, sisters and brothers, let us kneel before our Father and ask him to reveal his Son to our friends, family members and all others who are in need of his mercy and love.