Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.Ephesians 4:25-5:5 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 4:25-5:5. 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. Last week, in Ephesians 4:21, Paul told us that “the truth is in Jesus.” In this week’s scripture, Ephesians 4:25, Paul urges each of us to “speak the truth with his neighbor.” Let’s thank God that we need look no further than Jesus to find the truth and that our purpose in life is so clearly stated.
Adore. Let’s adore God today for His truth. The truth expressed in human form as Jesus. The truth that brought us grace and forgiveness. Praise God!
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,John 1:14
and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth.
Confess. We know the truth. We have God’s word in our hands; we have God’s spirit in our hearts. And yet, we sin. Confession is a time to reflect on our sin and ask forgiveness. In light of the truth God has given us, we can repent with the assurance that God loves us and will forgive us.
|CU Church: Pray for our 1 for One ministry program that allows our CU Church family to collectively give above and beyond in order to make a big impact on someone’s life. Pray that the recipients of the money see beyond the financial blessing and truly experience the love of Christ.|
|Community: Pray for the youth in our communities that have been touched by gun violence – both the victims and those committing violence. Pray that the Holy Spirit awakens in them a desire for peace. Pray that they be receptive to the voices in their lives who encourage change.|
|Global Church: Pray for AMG International and for our ministry partner, Mihalis, and his work in Greece. He asks for prayer for their church, that they are able to begin post Covid programming that will energize and involve more people in church activities. He also asks for prayer for the ministry to the refugee community, specifically the Afghan community that have not shown rising interest in the gospel and, conversely, the leaders of the Kurdish community that welcome their ministry but for whom they have limited access. amginternational.org|
Self. God is listening. He loves you. Pray for any specific needs that you or your family have.