Eugene Peterson, in his new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ explores Paul and the saints in Ephesians 1:15-23.
He’s got a good realistic section on the meaning of “saint,” which is something God has done to us and not a level we have achieved (though we more or less use it the latter way).
What I really liked in this chp is his understanding of prayer as something, once we learn to do this in our habits, we do all the time. I quote:
“We pray when we are meditatively quiet before God with Psalm 118 open before us;
we pray while taking out the garbage;
we pray when we are losing our grip and then ask God for help;
we pray when we are weeding the garden;
we pray when we are asking God to help a friend who is at the end of her rope;
we pray when we are writing a letter;
we pray when we are in conversation with our cynical and bullying boss;
we pray with our friends in church;
we pray walking down Main Street in the company of strangers” (74).
Not everything we do is prayer; but everything we do can be prayer. And what Peterson wants us to see is that many of us, contrary to our own willingness to say so, pray far more than we think.
Much prayer, then, is “unnoticed and unremarked” (74).
How do we do this? We need to saturate our minds in Christ and the Scriptures and then go about our day the Holy Spirit will give us language to bring our prayers to God.