Day 13

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call- one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says,

“When He ascended on high He led a host of captives,

    and He gave gifts to men.”(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that He had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Ephesians 4:1-16 ESV

Before you begin to pray, take a deep breath and quiet your thoughts. Focus on being in the presence of God. Thank God for hearing your prayers. Then reread the scripture we will study next Sunday, Ephesians 4:1-16. Read it slowly, recognizing that God is speaking to you through His Word. If God puts something specific on your heart, pray about that today.

 Thank. Throughout this week’s scripture passage, Paul emphasizes that we must do all things in love. We are to bear with one and another in love (vs. 2), speak the truth in love (vs. 15) and build up the body of Christ in love (vs. 16). Today thank God for someone who demonstrates Paul’s instruction, who patiently loves you through tough times or speaks truth to you with love. 

Adore. All love comes from God. It is the fabric of his Being. It is at the core of all He does. Praise God today for His infinite love that He pours out to us through grace and mercy.

Let all that I am praise the Lord;

    with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name.

Let all that I am praise the Lord;

    may I never forget the good things He does for me.

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.

He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.

Psalm 103:1-4 NLT

Confess. Reflecting on Paul’s words causes us to realize that often we don’t reflect God’s love as we love one another.  Ask God to forgive you for the times you fall short of Christ’s command, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” John 13:34

Others.

CU Church: Pray for our Children’s ministry. Pray that the volunteers who teach Sunday School and the staff (Leah and Margo) who plan the activities will be energized and radiate God’s love. Pray for the children who attend, that they will be engaged and transformed.
Community: Pray for Self-Made Kingz, Dreeam and Lyuando Boxing, that they will continue to reach students in our community.  
Global Church: Pray for the boys that Blackbox International has saved and are working to holistically rehabilitate. Pray that the power of the Holy Spirit transforms them and fills them with the love of God. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17   blackboxinternational.org 

Self. God is listening. He loves you. Pray for any specific needs that you or your family have.

Day 12

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call- one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says,

“When He ascended on high He led a host of captives,

    and He gave gifts to men.”(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that He had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Ephesians 4:1-16 ESV

Before you begin to pray, take a deep breath and quiet your thoughts. Focus on being in the presence of God. Thank God for hearing your prayers. Then reread the scripture we will study next Sunday, Ephesians 4:1-16. Read it slowly, recognizing that God is speaking to you through His Word. If God puts something specific on your heart, pray about that today.

 Thank. “And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…” (verses 11-12) We have thanked God for giving us purpose. Let’s also give God thanks for the people, the apostles, the prophets, the shepherds and the teachers, who show us the way. Thank God for a specific person who taught you about Jesus.

Adore. Like yesterday, this verse reminds us that God has a perfect design, not only for the workings of the physical world, but also for the workings of the body of Christ. His design is marvelous. Our place in His design is humbling. Let’s adore God for His infinite wisdom.

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!

How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways!

Romans 11:33

Confess. As we praise God for His wisdom and the perfection of His design, we should recognize the times we fail to show humility in light of his glory. Confess the times you have behaved as though you have the wisdom of God. Turn toward God and humbly ask for forgiveness. 

Others.

CU Church: Pray for our ministry to friends without addresses and our Thursday night meals. Pray for the staff (Tony, Kyle, Julie) and volunteers. Pray that more people volunteer to serve on Thursday nights. Pray that our friends without addresses are able to come for a meal and feel welcome to stay for the service.
Community: Pray for The Well Experience as they work to heal, engage, restore and empower historically disadvantaged and marginalized people in our community.   thewellexperience.org
Global Church: Pray for Black Box International. Blackbox is a faith-based, Christ-centered, not-for-profit organization that exists to holistically rehabilitate formerly sex-trafficked boys and young men. They ask for prayer that their work can start in Haiti where they have had trouble getting off the ground due to construction delays. blackboxinternational.org

Self. God is listening. He loves you. Pray for any specific needs that you or your family have.

Day 11

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call- one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says,

“When He ascended on high He led a host of captives,

    and He gave gifts to men.”(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that He had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Ephesians 4:1-16 ESV

Before you begin to pray, take a deep breath and quiet your thoughts. Focus on being in the presence of God. Thank God for hearing your prayers. Then reread the scripture we will study next Sunday, Ephesians 4:1-16. Read it slowly, recognizing that God is speaking to you through His Word. If God puts something specific on your heart, pray about that today.

 Thank. In the scripture for the week, Paul talks to the Ephesians about maintaining “the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” He also says, “There is one body and one Spirit.” How marvelous that He made us to be unique individuals, capable of a personal relationship with our God, while at the same time giving us unity in the Spirit and oneness in the body of Christ! Thank God today for His glorious design: He made you the way you are, uniquely gifted as an individual with a distinct purpose as a member of the body of Christ.

Adore. God’s design is truly awe inspiring. From the intricate design of our human bodies, to the magnificent design of the heavens and the earth, to the grace filled design of our relationship with Him, there is no greater mind than that of our God’s. Let’s praise Him today as the perfect designer.

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?

He who brings out the starry host one by one

and calls forth each of them by name.

Because of His great power and mighty strength,

not one of them is missing.

Isaiah 40:26

Confess. God is the creator and sustainer of all things, yet He wants to be in a personal relationship with each of us. Remembering the times that we turn away from such a profound offer of relationship leads us naturally to confession. Turn toward God and confess the times you have not sought to be near Him. He is waiting for you. 

Others.

CU Church: Pray protection and provision specifically for the pastors, leaders and staff at CU Church. Pray that their families’ needs are met and they are protected physically and spiritually.
Community:  Pray for C-U Canteen Run. Pray that God will bless their ministry to show the love of Christ by providing clothes, toiletries and food to our community members without addresses. cucanteenrun.com
Global Church: Pray for the work of LIA in Muslim countries. Jordan shares that their missionaries in those countries “carry with them our holistic model that we hope will provide opportunities for those who come to faith in Jesus to be able to provide for themselves despite any persecution or rejection they experience from friends or family members.“ Pray for those whose decision to follow Jesus means the loss of relationship with family and friends as well as persecution. lifeinabundance.org

Self. God is listening. He loves you. Pray for any specific needs that you or your family have.

Day 10

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call- one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says,

“When He ascended on high He led a host of captives,

    and He gave gifts to men.”(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that He had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Ephesians 4:1-16 ESV

Before you begin to pray, take a deep breath and quiet your thoughts. Focus on being in the presence of God. Thank God for hearing your prayers. Then reread the scripture we will study next Sunday, Ephesians 4:1-16. Read it slowly, recognizing that God is speaking to you through His Word. If God puts something specific on your heart, pray about that today.

 Thank. In verse 2, Paul urges us to walk “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.” It’s hard to imagine what our lives would look like if we followed that advice. Thankfully, God gave us a perfect example to follow in the person of Jesus. Thank God today for Jesus, for His earthly life lived with humility, gentleness, patience and love.

Adore. Paul says Jesus “descended into the lower regions, the earth.” What great humility our God has to live as a man. Praise God for His humility today, that He came to serve and not be served.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,

for I am gentle and humble in heart, 

and you will find rest for your souls. 

Matthew 11:29 NIV

Confess. Humility does not come easily to most of us. It is not in our nature nor is it celebrated in today’s culture. Confess to God the times you have lacked humility. Ask God to help you learn to be more humble and He will show you grace. 

Others.

CU Church: Pray that God protects CU Church and our church family from spiritual attacks. Pray that God provides for our needs in ways we cannot even imagine.
Community:  Pray for Mosaic City Church of Danville as it seeks to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray for their lead pastor, LeStan Hoskins as he teaches and encourages people to Love God, Love People and Impact the World. mosaiccitydanville.org
Global Church: Pray for Life in Abundance in Eritrea. This is from Jordan McGuire:  “We are also stepping into the open door that God has provided for us to re-enter into Eritrea. The first generation of pastors that we had engaged with are currently imprisoned and some we have lost all contact with, not even knowing if they are still alive. But we have found the second generation of pastors eager and ready to be trained and raised up to reach those within their country.” Please pray for the safety of those imprisoned and for protection, provision and power for the second generation of pastors in Eritrea. lifeinabundance.org

Self. God is listening. He loves you. Pray for any specific needs that you or your family have.

Day 9

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call- one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says,

“When He ascended on high He led a host of captives,

    and He gave gifts to men.”(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that He had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Ephesians 4:1-16 ESV

Before you begin to pray, take a deep breath and quiet your thoughts. Focus on being in the presence of God. Thank God for hearing your prayers. Then reread the scripture we will study next Sunday, Ephesians 4:1-16. Read it slowly, recognizing that God is speaking to you through His Word. If God puts something specific on your heart, pray about that today.

Thank. Verse 8 of this week’s scripture says, “But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” One of the things we can learn from that verse is that God’s grace is given out personally. He gives grace to “each one of us.” Thank God today that He knows you personally. 

Adore. Today, let’s adore God for his grace. We receive grace in the forgiveness of our sins through Christ’s work on the cross. We receive grace in everyday ways: the warmth of a campfire; the beauty of fall leaves; the hug of a close friend. God gives us grace through our gifts too, each of us bestowed with different gifts that are integral to the body of Christ. Praise God today for His grace, for the many gifts He lavishes upon us.

Let us praise God for His glorious grace,

 for the free gift He gave us in His dear Son!

 Ephesians 1:6-8 GNT

Confess. We did not earn nor do we deserve God’s grace. That realization leads us naturally to a place of confession and repentance. Turn toward our loving Father as you confess your sins.

Others.

CU Church: Pray that the CU Church family and our leaders actively seek the Spirit’s leading. Pray that we are a church that follows the Spirit’s leading.
Community:  Pray for Tuscola First Christian Church, that they reach more and more people with the Gospel and encourage them to love and live like Jesus.  fcctuscola.com
Global Church: Pray for the work of Life In Abundance and for Jordan and Matt McGuire. LIA empowers local churches in Africa and the Caribbean to serve the poor and vulnerable, creating sustainable transformation in their communities. Matt and Jordan will be in Kenya in February serving with LIA. Pray that Matt and Jordan will have God’s protection as they travel and that their work for LIA will be fruitful.  lifeinabundance.org

Self. God is listening. He loves you. Pray for any specific needs that you or your family have.

Day 8

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call- one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says,

“When He ascended on high He led a host of captives,

    and He gave gifts to men.”(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that He had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Ephesians 4:1-16 ESV

Before you begin to pray, take a deep breath and quiet your thoughts. Focus on being in the presence of God. Thank God for hearing your prayers. Then read the scripture we will study next Sunday, Ephesians 4:1-16. Read it slowly, recognizing that God is speaking to you through His Word. If God puts something specific on your heart, pray about that today.

Thank. The New Living Translation of the bible translates verse 1 of this week’s passage this way: “Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.” The idea that each of us has been called by God to do His work is a big deal! We are not just named as God’s child, but we have a purpose. Thank God today for giving you a purpose, for calling you to show love to others and point them to Jesus.

Adore. Verse 6 in this week’s scripture says there is “one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” That phrase is packed with things to praise God about! There is one God; He is Father to all the people; He is in control of all things; He is working through all things; He lives inside each of us. Let’s adore God today for His power and His presence in our lives.

For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever! Amen.  

Romans 11:36

Confess. If we know we are God’s children and He has called us to love and support one another then we also know that we often fall short of fulfilling our purpose. Confess any time that you have missed an opportunity to love and support someone. Remember that while we fall short, God never does. His love is always perfect.

Others.

CU Church: Pray that each of us in the CU Church family understands that we are uniquely gifted by God. Pray that we understand that we are to use our gifts wherever we are.
Community:  Pray for Salt and Light Ministry, that people are moved to partner with them by shopping in their stores, volunteering their time or donating goods and finances.  saltandlightministry.org
Global Church: Begin this week by again praying for unity of the global church. Paul reminds us in this week’s scripture that we should be “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (vs.3) and that “There is one body and one Spirit” (vs.4.) Let’s pray that God reminds Christians everywhere that we are one body and together the hands and feet of Jesus.

Self. God is listening. He loves you. Pray for any specific needs that you or your family have.

Day 7

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

Before you begin to pray, take a deep breath and quiet your thoughts. Focus on being in the presence of God. Thank God for hearing your prayers. Then reread the scripture for the week, Ephesians 3:14-21. Read it slowly, recognizing that God is speaking to you through His Word. If God puts something specific on your heart, pray about that today.

Thank. In verses 18 and 19 of this week’s scripture, Paul prays that the Ephesians “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.” Imagine the goodness and grace of our God who wants us to know His infinite love and be filled with “all His fullness.” Thank God today for His goodness and grace and for His infinite love.

Adore. Use the last two verses of this week’s scripture as your prayer of adoration this week. Spend some time thinking about the fact that God’s infinite power is at work within you. That’s the power that transforms you as you take part in His transforming work on earth.  He is so worthy of our praise!

 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 3:20-21

Confess. Praying thanksgiving and adoration for our God and thinking about His perfect character leads us to see our flaws more clearly. Rather than feeling shame for our sin, however, God desires that we confess our sin and receive His forgiveness. Confess your sins today and allow God’s power to transform you so that you may experience the fullness of His love. 

Others.

CU Church: Pray that the CU Church family, wherever we live, love the people inside our doors as well as the people outside our doors.
Community:  Pray for CU Church’s GAP program, that the young men and women in the program are fully engaged in the experience and seek God with all their hearts, minds and souls. Pray for the Heinrich family that facilitates the program.  gap.cuchurch.com
Global Church: Pray for Kenya again today. Our missionary partner, Joel Williams, reports that they currently have a network of 12,000+ disciples in groups. They ask God to increase the workers of the harvest so that they may reach all of Turkana’s 2 million people in the next 5 years. He also asks for prayer for their disciple-makers as many of them are encountering spiritual warfare. 

Self. God is listening. He loves you. Pray for any specific needs that you or your family have.

Day 6

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

Before you begin to pray, take a deep breath and quiet your thoughts. Focus on being in the presence of God. Thank God for hearing your prayers. Then reread the scripture for the week, Ephesians 3:14-21. Read it slowly, recognizing that God is speaking to you through His Word. If God puts something specific on your heart, pray about that today.

Thank. Are there blessings in your life you did not ask for? This week’s scripture tells us that God “is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.” Thank God for some specific blessings you never thought to ask for, but have received. It could be a friend that called you at just the right time, a sunset that surprised you with its beauty or the unexpected offer of help just when you needed it. Then thank Him for the blessings you can’t imagine that are yet to come!

Adore. Let’s adore God for His infinite power and for surprising us with blessings we never imagined. 

You turned my wailing into dancing;

    You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,

that my heart may sing Your praises and not be silent.

    Lord my God, I will praise You forever.

Psalm 30:11-12

Confess. When we meditate on the infinite power and never ending love of God, we realize that we aren’t worthy of his love. Through confession and the forgiveness of our sins, bought with the blood of Jesus on the cross, we find deep and abiding joy and peace. God is waiting to forgive and love you. Turn back to Him.

Others.

CU Church: The CU Church family live in a wide variety of settings: houses, apartments, dorms, group homes, places without addresses, assisted living, etc. We all call those places home. Pray that our homes are gospel oriented and God honoring.
Community:  Pray for Jesus House – Restoration Ministries, for the men and women living in this residential program as they seek to recover from addiction and learn to follow Jesus. jesushouserecovery.com
Global Church: Pray for CMF International and the Williams family, missionaries in Kenya. The Williams ask for prayer for their family and their ministry as they transition to a time of furlough (December-August) and then back to a new area of Kenya. They ask for prayer for the sustainability of 12 disciple owned businesses they have launched over the last five years. Pray these families are blessed with “immeasurably more” (Ephesians 3:20) as they faithfully run their businesses that will both support their families and fund their ministries. cmfi.org

Self. God is listening. He loves you. Pray for any specific needs that you or your family have.

Day 5

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

Before you begin to pray, take a deep breath and quiet your thoughts. Focus on being in the presence of God. Thank God for hearing your prayers. Then reread the scripture for the week, Ephesians 3:14-21. Read it slowly, recognizing that God is speaking to you through His Word. If God puts something specific on your heart, pray about that today.

Thank. God’s love has “breadth and length and height and depth.” It is real and measurable.  We can see it demonstrated in the love we give to and receive from others. Thank God today for those who love and care for you.

Adore. Praise God for the “breadth and length and height and depth” of His love. 

 Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol Him, all peoples!

For great is His steadfast love toward us,

    and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 117:1-2

Confess. Confess before God any sin that prevents you from fully knowing His love. Turn toward Him, receive forgiveness and “be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Others.

CU Church: Pray that the people of CU Church truly embrace our mission to “Love God, Love People.” Pray that our worship points us to Jesus and our feet point us to our neighbors.
Community:  Pray for Merci’s Refuge, that God will transform the women living there as they heal from past trauma and addiction.  lifechangeshere.org
Global Church: Pray for the women of Afghanistan today who can no longer go out in public without an escort and without being completely covered, who can no longer get an education, who cannot work outside their homes, who face persecution every day.  Pray for their protection and provision.  “…my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised and I am saved from my enemies.”  2 Samuel 22:3-4

Self. God is listening. He loves you. Pray for any specific needs that you or your family have.

Day 4

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

Before you begin to pray, take a deep breath and quiet your thoughts. Focus on being in the presence of God. Thank God for hearing your prayers. Then reread the scripture for the week, Ephesians 3:14-21. Read it slowly, recognizing that God is speaking to you through His Word. If God puts something specific on your heart, pray about that today.

Thank. In the scripture this week, Paul prays that the church at Ephesus “be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.”

Think about the idea that Christ dwells within you. Thank God for His love, that he cherishes you so much that He wants to dwell within you.

Adore. Let’s adore God today for His steadfast love. God loves us so much that He put into motion a plan to sacrifice His son for our sins so that He might be in a right relationship with us. Praise the Lord for His love!

Because Your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise You.

 So I will bless You as long as I live; in Your name I will lift up my hands.

Psalm 63:3-4

Confess. Thinking about God’s limitless love makes us realize that our own love has limits. Turn toward God and confess the times your love for others has fallen short. Remember that He loves you perfectly and will accept your confession and forgive your sins.

Others.

CU Church: Pray that our congregation continues to become increasingly diverse and people truly feel that they are welcome. 
Community:  Pray for Illini Christian Ministries, that God is glorified through their work to restore and empower the families they serve. Pray that couples will be moved to volunteer as Parenting Partners.  icmfamily.org 
Global Church: Pray for Afghanistan again today. Pray for anything God leads you to, knowing that Afghanistan is among the most dangerous and difficult places in the world to be a Christian. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:35-37

Self. God is listening. He loves you. Pray for any specific needs that you or your family have.