Monday, October 03, 2016

Pray Like Paul – Ephesians 3:14-21

In many of Paul’s letters, he pauses to pray for his readers. Paul teaches about doctrine, he exhorts towards obedience, and he consistently pauses to pray. Paul knows the importance of the work of the Spirit in the believer. He knows our desperate need for Jesus Christ. He knows we cannot accomplish anything without spiritual transformation.

His prayer for the Ephesians is a plea we can pray for ourselves, our teens, and our children. Let this passage guide your prayers. Change “you” to specific names – your name, your child’s name, or your youth group member’s name.

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:14-21 ESV)

To God be the glory!

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