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. “God in Christ forgave you.” (vs. 32) This is the most joyous statement! Your sins are forgiven by the mercy and grace of God. Thank God for his grace and forgiveness!
Adore. Let’s praise God today for being a God of grace and forgiveness. We don’t deserve it nor can we earn it. It is a free gift, paid for with the precious blood of our Lord Jesus.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,Psalm 103:11-12
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
Confess. The price God paid, in order to forgive us our sins, was the death of Jesus on the cross. So great a sacrifice is difficult to contemplate. It brings into the light the sinfulness of our own nature. How little it would cost us to forgive our family, friends and neighbors for their trespasses. And still, we don’t. Confess to God today any unforgiveness you hold onto. Ask Him to help you forgive others as He has forgiven you.
|CU Church: Pray that CU Church continues to be a church that prays for one another. Pray that our church family is strengthened by the prayers of their brothers and sisters so that they may move into the community in order to love God and love people with courage and perseverance.|
|Community: Pray that you see the people you encounter in your community with fresh eyes, through the eyes of Jesus. Pray that God will encourage you to reach out to the people “outside your door” offering comfort, support and the love of Christ.|
|Global Church: Pray for all those who do not know Jesus. Pray that they will hear the Gospel and be made new. Pray that Christians all over the world will remember and act on the great commission Jesus gave us in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”|
Self. God is listening. He loves you. Pray for any specific needs that you or your family have.