Meditation is one tool to help Scripture verses become a part of our lives.
A slow reading with a little research, brings out incredible detail that would be otherwise overlooked. With the invitation and openness to the Holy Spirit, the Word comes alive!
Would you join me to explore Ephesians 3:14-21??
Paul loved the church in Ephesus. He spent three years in the city and visited at least one other occasion. When imprisoned in Rome, he wrote a letter to this cherished church family. He expected it to be shared with other believers as well…now, we too read Paul’s inspired words.
In the middle of the letter rests a beautiful prayer. Paul prayed for God’s knowledge and power and blessing upon these believers. Over the years, I’ve heard parts of this prayer in songs, poetry, and pastoral prayers. I frequently include it in my personal times of prayer.
My simple paraphrase of Ephesians 3:14-21…
Lord, I humbly lay at your feet…
You are the Supreme Authority over heaven and earth, You created all!
Through God’s abundant wealth and abilities, I seek the daily strength that is available through the Spirit in me. His strength furthers my faith in Christ. As my faith increases so too my ability to love and my longing to reach toward perfect-1st-Corinthians-13 love. I strive for this love by growing in my understanding of the depth and breadth of Christ’s love for us.
God’s love surpasses our comprehension. I long to be filled with the fullness of the Lord. Without love I am nothing, I am empty. But loving requires an openness beyond comprehension, as well as a willingness to step out with a courageous faith.
Dear Father, I humbly request your strength to love others as you love us.
Holy Spirit, guide me to love the Father by obeying His Word, knowing His Word, and rejoicing in His Word.
Lord Jesus, your ultimate sacrifice and separation from the Father impacts me beyond what words can describe. “Thank you” sounds weak in response…nevertheless, thank you. I honor You.
Through each of us, God is able to work miracles. He is able…the choice is God’s. He can do as He wills and desires. We cannot choose direction for Him. I give God all my glory and my praise. I will honor Him with my life, my time, and my love.
I pray for the Church, God’s chosen vehicle, to be focused on Him and His glory…through this and all succeeding generations.
What is your paraphrase of Ephesians 3:14-21?
What Scripture passages are so precious to you that you include them in your prayers?
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