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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Praying Scripture

Today I'm reading Ephesians 1:11-19 from "The Message."

11-12 It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.
13-14 It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free—signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life.
15-19 That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!

What a great passage and what a great prayer at the end. It's the kind of prayer that you and I can pray for others even as we recognize we need this prayer for ourselves. One great thing to do with scripture is to turn a passage in your own prayer. So, let the last few verses be your prayer for today:

My Master, Jesus Christ, God of glory — make me intelligent and discerning in knowing You personally, my eyes focused and clear, so that I can see exactly what it is You are calling me to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life You have for me. Oh, the utter extravagance of Your work in me as one trusts You. Today, give me endless energy, boundless strength! Amen!!


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