Scripture: Ephesians 1:15-23
Key verses: (15-16) “I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.”
Reflection: There are many prayers in the Bible prayed by devoted followers of God and Jesus. Some of the prayers are for deliverance, like the ones we find in the Psalms. Some are for healing and some are prayers for other people. Jesus prays for his disciples in the Gospel of John and Paul often prayed for his churches in his letters. Today’s passage contains a prayer Paul prayed for the church in Ephesus. Paul acknowledges their faith and give thanks for them. Then, he prays the following for those who follow Jesus:
*May God give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him
*May the eyes of your heart be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you
*May you have a glorious inheritance among the saints
*Remember Jesus is Lord of all because God put the immeasurable greatness of his power in Jesus Christ and seated him at the right hand of God, and . . .
*Jesus is over all things for the church – the body of Christ. We are his body. All of us together.
Imagine Paul praying the petitions above for you today. May you be open to God’s leading as the eyes of your heart are opened to the hope and love Jesus offers to you and to the world.
Prayer: O God, we give thanks for your faithfulness toward us. Help us to move out into your world as we work for justice and mercy. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].