God has entrusted many facets of ministry to the local church. Teachers are to edify others who are Christ’s people, and seek to lead the unsaved to salvation and then to edification. It is consistent for all the genuinely redeemed to show in their lifestyles the fruit of a believing life (Gal 5:22–23; Eph 5:9). The church ought to cultivate and equip leaders to be true to the Scripture. Leaders should counsel those of the church family in moral living that truly reflects the riches of God’s grace. In all that the church is and does, prayer is a native breath, and of utmost importance. Ephesians highlights the church in vivid images—Christ’s “body,” “bride,” “temple,” and army waging spiritual warfare. In this all, prayer is to be a priority. Paul models vital prayer and summons others of the church to pursue intimacy before God. He emphasizes an urgency to praise/thank God, intercede to fulfill spiritual needs, and revel in declaring God’s bounties of grace. Clearly the Lord has opened intimate access to Himself, and He gives godly aspects of fruit as relevant issues of prayer, and key words/phrases that can stoke prayer. Ephesians also urges believers to pray against spiritual foes, and to pray in all things, even to be considerate to keep intercessors updated on how God answers. The church should rise to lay hold of its potential in the Lord’s throne room.Read the full article.