Ephesians 1:15-16 (JDV)
Ephesians 1:15 This is why, since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the devotees,
Ephesians 1:16 I never stop giving thanks in behalf of1 you as I remember you in my prayers.
prayer before the requests
Paul is going to tell the Ephesian Christians the specific requests that he is making in his prayers for them. But first, he tells them that he is remembering them in his prayers, and that he is giving thanks for them. They are not just requests on his list. They are people that he appreciates and gives thanks for.
There are two particular traits that the Ephesian Christians stand out for – reasons Paul can give thanks to God for. First, they have faith in the Lord Jesus. Secondly, they love their fellow Christians.
Lord, today as we bring our lists of prayer request to you, help us to pause and remember some good things that are going on in the lives of those we pray for, and give thanks.