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Teach Us to Pray - July 2019

Our will power can be infused with God’s will power- ask Him!

Prayer Establishes Our Rights with God
Immeasurably – Part 1

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21

Key Verse: Ephesians 3:16

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being…

The suggested additional reading section for today is the Apostle Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian Christ followers. We believe all scripture is inspired by God and, thus, this section is for us as well. Let’s look at its truths. First, Paul makes his request based on the “glorious riches” of God. I use that concept a lot in my praying. The things I ask for usually take far more resource power than I can imagine. So, I will say: “God, it’s your glorious riches that I am depending on!”

Second, Paul’s prayer lets us know that he believed that God would be willing to grant His strength and power inside our very lives! My will power can be infused with God’s will power! My wisdom (or lack thereof) can be super-charged by God’s unlimited wisdom. My faith to accept Jesus and His teachings can be “amped-up” by the infilling power of God.

Third, this inspired prayer of the apostle lets us know that you and I can be established (settled, fortified) in God’s love. Paul prays that Christ followers can, at least, get a glimpse of the width, length, height and depth of God’s love for us! Thus, Paul summarizes the love of God with a paradox: He prays that we can know this love that surpasses knowledge! I believe that means we can experience God’s lavish love for us, even though it is incomprehensible to our minds! Tomorrow we’ll look more at this powerful prayer written for our understanding and personal use.

Father, I realize I can’t put you in a box and understand all your virtues. I live with the reality of your love, though I’ll never understand it. In Jesus’ Name, amen.