"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,"
// Ephesians 1:3
A major key to understanding prayer is grasping our position and our posture when we pray. Paul opens this famed prayer for the Ephesian church by blessing the Father of Jesus. This is a posture of adoration towards the Father, one rooted in relationship – Paul blesses the father-son relationship. Prayer is highly relational; we do not ask for things from outside of relationship, but from inside. Paul opens his prayer worshipping Him, who is the Source.
And what we ask for is what the Father shows us – the blessings found in the heavenly places. And note that He has blessed us with every blessing; He's lavishly generous and has held nothing back from us. He treats us as He does Christ, for we are in Christ, and “every blessing” for which we ask is also found in Christ. That position – of being found in Christ – is why we know He hears us and why we know that He responds to us.
We ask from a place of being seated in Christ and we ask for what's already ours, given to us by our Papa. So, how does that affect our prayer life? How does worship interact with these realities of posture and position? What does prayer from heaven to earth look like?
We posture our hearts to see the blessings available to us, in our present position of sitting with Christ, through worship: we adore, we bless, we praise, we exalt our Papa. Worship opens our eyes to see what's already available to us; then it's simple to ask for it, because we easily see what the Father has bestowed to us, in whatever circumstance we find ourselves. If you can see it, you can have it; if you can believe what He shows you, you can receive it. Worshipping Him is a key to seeing who He is, and all that's available to you right now.
Go hunting for the blessings that have already been placed by Papa in every situation you face, worshipping as you go – for you know that the strength of your heartfelt worship becomes vision to your eyes of faith.
// Samuel Nicolosi