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. Paul tells us in verse 14 that he bows his knees before the Father. If you have never prayed on your knees, try it today as you thank God for something specific in His creation. It could be a beautiful sunset, a member of your family or a cold glass of iced tea on a hot day. Remember that God created everything, our physical world, and all the people and animals within it.
Adore. Verse 16 talks about the “riches of His glory.” Today, let’s adore God for His glory, for the majesty that we see reflected in the abundance of beauty and diversity in our world. In 1 Chronicles 29:11, David praises God with these words:
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty.
Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom.
We adore you as the one who is over all things.
Confess. An awareness of God’s glory reveals our own unworthiness. In confession, we acknowledge our sin, ask for forgiveness and turn our hearts back to God. Confess your sins to God, safe in the knowledge that He loves you, He will forgive you and He is waiting for you.
|CU Church: Pray that CU Church continues to be debt free as we move into the future. Thank God for the generosity of our congregation and ask for wisdom as financial decision making occurs.|
|Community: Pray for our local Fellowship of Christian Athletes that the coaches and athletes involved be strengthened in their faith as they seek to transform others through their influence as coaches, teammates and mentors. Pray that athletes who don’t know Jesus will be drawn to FCA and find a place of fellowship and belonging. illinilandfca.org|
|Global Church: Pray for New International Missions and the Molesky family, missionaries in Ireland. They ask for prayer for their son, Bladen, as he transitions back to the U.S. this month. Pray for more space in Newcastle as the church there grows and for funding for a counseling center at the Journey Church. Pray for MORE, more of the Holy Spirit, more breakthrough, more of God’s power, presence and beauty to be on display! newinternational.org|
Self. God is listening. He loves you. Pray for any specific needs that you or your family have.