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.
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.
|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.