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 read the scripture we will study next Sunday, 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. Begin prayer by thanking God. The scripture tells us in verse 3:15 that “every family in heaven and on earth” is named by God. Dwell on that verse for a few minutes. If God named you then He created you. You are His child and the Creator of the universe is your Father. What a great gift! Thank God for being a good, good Father and for creating you.
Adore. After you thank God, spend time adoring Him. What does that mean? It means focusing entirely on God and praising Him for who He is. God is the creator of everything. He named every family on earth and in Heaven. Praise God today as the Creator.
One way to pray is to read scripture aloud. You might try that today by reading Revelation 4:11:
Worthy are You, our Lord and God,Revelation 4:11
to receive glory and honor and power,
for You created all things,
and by Your will they existed and were created.
Confess. Praising God as the Creator of all things reminds us how big He is and how small we are. It’s easy to lose that perspective and allow pride to creep into our lives. Consider the things that come between you and a right relationship with God, whether it’s a lack of humility or some other obstacle. Confess that sin to God, who created you and loves you.
Others. (For more information on mission partners listed in this section, visit the website listed.)
|CU Church: Let’s start by thanking God for what he has done over the last 5 years at CU Church. Then pray that as we move forward, God continues to lead our church with clarity and wisdom to discern the voice of God’s Spirit.|
|Community: Pray for CU at Home. They ask that we pray that God gives them wisdom to do what is best for the clients they serve. cuathome.us|
|Global Church: At the beginning of each week we will take one day to pray for the unity of Christians and Christ’s Church all over the world. We pray because through Paul, God reminds us that we are called to be one. “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.” 1 Corinthians 1:10 Pray today that God brings unity and power to the Global Church so that the Good News of Jesus reaches every corner of the earth.|
Self. God is listening. He loves you. Pray for any specific needs that you or your family have and pray today that you are filled with peace, knowing you were created by God.