From Pastor’s Desk:
Ephesians 1:15-16 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
Considering this prayer for the Ephesians, along with what kind of church they must have been to merit this prayer, they must have become an outstanding force to be reckoned with.
This prayer of Paul’s was prompted by what he had heard about them from others who had visited and brought back word to him of their resounding faith in the Lord Jesus their love for all the saints. It wasn’t just hearsay, but related first-hand by those who had seen this church in action. They, evidently, did not just talk a good talk but walked the walk.
Knowing the faith of a person or people necessitates an evidence of that faith. It doesn’t suffice for anyone to say “I have faith” without there being evidence of that faith. James declared more than once that faith without works is dead. In chapter two verse eighteen he said, “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.”
Love for all the saints gives significant indication that they were busy helping others. Helping others constitutes loving them, and loving others naturally results in helping them.
Prayer for a church that is already doing so well, would just naturally make it a better one. Hopefully someone has visited your church recently and told someone that faith and love is evident among you, citing visible evidence, and that person has gone to prayer for you to make you a better church.
By the way, it would be good for the reader to read Paul’s prayer found in Ephesians chapter one.