The apostle Paul tells us about a territory in which the Lord has established our sphere of influence.
2 Corinthians 10:13
We, for our part, will not boast more than we should. We will limit ourselves to the field that God has assigned us according to his measure, in which you are also included.
Paul says there is a territory that God has assigned to him. He talks about his ministry and the work that God has entrusted to him. This verse tells us that Christians have the power to influence, in fact, the Bible says that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Through our life of prayer, we can understand the sphere of action that the Father has assigned us as a territory and that includes three areas: our life, other lives and our work or our ministry. These spheres of responsibility correspond to the three areas of maturity mentioned by John in his epistle.
1 John 2: 13-15
13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young people, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, dear children, because you have known the Father.14 I have written to you to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young people, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.15 Do not love the world or anything of what is in it If someone loves the world, he does not have the love of the Father.
Young children are the little ones in the faith who only understand their need for food and providence from God and mature believers. Therefore, their prayers refer mainly to their needs and always try to understand what the Church can do for them. This may be normal at the beginning of the conversion, but later God expects us to grow and begin to be more spiritually mature.
Young people are believers who are in a process of growth through service and who are becoming aware of the authority they have in Christ Jesus to overcome the devil. These believers ask what they can do for God and for the church. John says that young people are strong and have overcome the evil one, so they must show God’s blessing in their lives.
The parents have known him from the beginning, so they are believers who have intimacy with the Lord and understand their will for their lives. Fathers and mothers have the spirit of Christ, an altruistic spirit, of renunciation and sacrifice; they are the voice of God for others. What determines that being spiritual father and mother is not the position, nor how many years one is in the faith, but it is being the voice of God for people, giving advice and guidance from the Father to people. . While in nature, children are born dependent on parents and grow more and more independent, in the spiritual world we begin to be independent but, as we mature, we must become more and more dependent on God.
So the first sphere of action in which we have responsibility is our needs.
God is not concerned about the number of requests we make to him, on the contrary, he wants us to come to him every day and take the security of asking for our need. In fact, if we do not take God, we will take him out of the world, but what is given to us by the world perishes, while what God gives us, no one can take away from us. The needs for which we pray generally refer to: providence, such as food, clothing, shelter, health; Security, like work or finances; protection, such as the resolution of conflicts with others, difficult circumstances or temptations of the enemy.
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus warns us against the dangers we can encounter when we pray and we should avoid them.
Matthew 6: 5-8
5 And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues, and in the corners of the streets, to be seen by men; Truly I tell you, they have already received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father in secret; and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you publicly. 7 Now, as you pray, do not use useless repetitions as Gentiles do because they believe they are fulfilled because of the large number of their words. 8 Do not be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask them.
This means: do not pray for others to see you as spiritual, because if we care about the judgment of others, we have already received our reward. But we must pray in private, that is, in secret, and God who sees us in secret will give us a public reward.
Do not be like the Gentiles, that is, like the pagans, who use the insignificant repetition of the words thinking that they are being heard throughout the prayer. In fact, the quality of prayer does not depend on this or on the verses we know by heart, but on the trust we have in God and in his intervention.
The second sphere of action is to become aware of the needs and problems of others, usually those closest to us.
Ephesians 1: 16-19
16 never cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 so that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, in the knowledge of him, 18 and enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you may know what is the hope of your vocation and what are the riches of the glory of your inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the extraordinary greatness of your power to us that we believe according to the efficacy of Force of his power.
It is important to pray for the people around us. We must get used to praying for others, for our family and for those who do not know God. We must not fight against people, but we must change them through prayer. Paul prayed specifically for two things: that believers should receive the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him; that the eyes of his mind (imagination) were illuminated.
The third sphere of influence is that of the ministry, of the work that God has entrusted to us.
Because our struggle is not against the blood and the flesh, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the rulers of the world of the darkness of this age, against the evil spirits in the heavenly places.
We are soldiers called to fight against evil spirits. If we fight against people, we are wrong because we play the devil, so we have to understand what spiritual opposition prevents us from reaching those around us or the territory that God has given us and defeating them through prayer. Demons must be combated, people must be loved and forgiven.
Ephesians 6: 19-20
19 Pray also for me so that, when I speak, God will give me the words to make known with courage the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray for me to proclaim it bravely, as I must.
Paul’s prayer request was not for his physical needs, nor for the problems, but for being frank in proclaiming the mystery of the Gospel. This is the burden of those who want to do God’s work.
praying at all times, with all kinds of prayer and supplication, in the Spirit; Seeking this with all perseverance and prayer for all the saints.
God wants us to grow in level in the way we pray, so that there may be manifestation of His will on Earth and that our life be victorious.