// Patsy Cameneti
In Ephesians chapter 1, Paul prays for the Church in Ephesus. In verse 19 he asks that believers in this church receive a revelation of the exceeding greatness of God's power toward them.
EPHESIANS 1:16–23 (NKJV)
16 [I] do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:
17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,
18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power
20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,
23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
Even though this prayer was prayed specifically for the Church at Ephesus, it was inspired by the Holy Spirit. It therefore is an appropriate prayer for every believer and every church in any nation of the world. All believers, everywhere, have a right to know the same truth of their dominion in Christ.
A Position of Authority
To pray effectively, a believer must recognize that Jesus has been seated far above any demon spirit or principality that will be encountered, or any name that will be mentioned, in prayer. But let's not stop there! Ephesians 2:6 says that God has raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ.
After the Holy Spirit reveals truth to us, we have a choice. Will we only privately enjoy the blessing and freedom which acting on it brings? Or will we realize that the truth is our weaponry which we can use to help others be free also?
To pray for governments, kings, cities, and nations (1 Tim. 2:2), we must comprehend the benefits of implementing this prayer. The highest, most effective place from which to pray for all men, kings, and people of authority and influence is the revelation that I have been exalted with Him.
esus didn't come to the earth to pursue a private victorious life. He didn't look on humanity and say, "I have life and life more abundantly. It's a shame that you don't." No, He came to give life, not just receive and enjoy it. Jesus died so that our lives could be victorious and glorify the Father.
As God's sons and daughters, we are destined to look and act just like the Firstborn (Rom. 8:29). We are responsible before God the Father to declare and enforce the victory Jesus died to give us. To do that, we need the revelation and understanding for which this prayer in Ephesians asks.
We must be conscious of our position in Christ to pray effectively and prepare the way for the Lord's return. We take Jesus' victory and enforce it in our lives and in the earth as the Holy Spirit directs.
[Editor's Note: Patsy Cameneti is a regular speaker at Kindle the Flame, Lynette Hagin's Women's Conference.]