Did you remember that this past Thursday was the National Day of Prayer? It seemed as though that day came upon us very quietly this year. I did not hear much talk about this day; much less than in years past. This week, I was drawn to two prayers that are found in Ephesians, which many bible scholars believe are two of the most beautiful prayers in scripture (Ephesians 1:15-23 and 3:14-21).
The apostle Paul while in prison, writes to the saints at Ephesus and other believers about who they are in Christ and how they are to live out their faith. Paul’s instructions, like his prayers for the saints, illustrate clearly his genuine love for those whom God has entrusted him. Listen carefully…
Ephesians 3 (ERV)
14 So I bow in prayer before the Father.
15 Every family in heaven and on earth gets its true name from him.
16 I ask the Father with his great glory to give you the power to be strong in your spirits. He will give you that strength through his Spirit.
17 I pray that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. I pray that your life will be strong in love and be built on love.
18 And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide, how long, how high, and how deep that love is.
19 Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with everything God has for you.
20 With God’s power working in us, he can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of.
21 To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen.
For you who are reading this blog, I pray that you are also strengthened by the Spirit of God; that you are able to know for yourself the love of Christ and all that He has for you.
…and of course, I leave you with a song that I hope will speak to your heart.
Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia