Day 1: Lord, let them truly know the hope of Your calling. (Ephesians 1:18).
Day 2: Savior, help them grasp of the riches of their inheritance in You. (Ephesians 1:18)
Day 3: Father, allow them to glimpse the greatness of Your power on our behalf. (Ephesians 1:19)
Day 4: God, remind them that their Advocate sits at Your right hand and they are absolutely secure. (Ephesians 1:20)
Day 5: Creator, may they trust You, who sees all. (Ephesians 1:21)
Day 6: Messiah, humble their hearts to submit themselves to You -- the head of the church. (Ephesians 1:22)
Day 7: Jesus, please plant them in Your church and fill them with Your Spirit. (Ephesians 1:23)
Prayers for Week 3
Day 1: May you experience the Holy Spirit today. (Ephesians 1:14)
Day 2: May your faith in Christ Jesus be strengthened. (Ephesians 1:15)
Day 3: May your love for the family of God flourish. (Ephesians 1:15)
Day 4: May you be inspired to pray for and support others. (Ephesians 1:16)
Day 5: May God bless you with a spirit of wisdom. (Ephesians 1:17)
Day 6: May you see the revelation in knowledge of Christ. (Ephesians 1:17)
Day 7: May your spiritual eyes be opened. (Ephesians 1:18)
Jesus' disciples teach us a lot about ourselves and our interactions with God:
First, we tend to focus on the wrong things.
Second, our requests and questions often reveal just how out of touch we are with God's plans.
Third, God is still always patient with us and desiring to hear from us -- no matter how obtuse we may be.
When we pray, we are not trying to impress God -- that will never happen; we are only trying to meet with God -- and that has already happened:
Jesus, God the Son, came to earth as a Man, walked with day laborers, ate with sinners, taught women, and loved His disciples to the end.
On the cross, Christ took on Himself the punishment of tax collectors, prostitutes, Pharisees, you and me and purchased for those who believe and follow Him entrance into heaven.
Through Jesus we are invited to meet with God, today, this moment, and forever.
Ps. Praying Through Ephesians Week 3, next week :0)
Day 1: Help them feel accepted in the beloved, the family of God. (Ephesians 1:6)
Day 2: Open their eyes to the reality of their redemption! (Ephesians 1:7)
Day 3: May they accept Christ's forgiveness as completely adequate for all their sins. (Ephesians 1:7)
Day 4: Lord, let them experience the riches of God's grace, wisdom, and prudence. (Ephesians 1:7)
Day 5: Reveal to them the mystery of God's will. (Ephesians 1:9)
Day 6: Remind them of their inheritance that starts now and continues forever in heaven. (Ephesians 1:11)
Day 7: Father, show them the security (and undeserved blessing) of being sealed by the Holy Spirit as Your child. (Ephesians 1:13)
Come with me as we grow in fellowship with each other and our Savior to whom belongs the Amazing Escape from sin and death and the Amazing Journey into glorious life.