I Pray For You
“When I think of the wisdom and scope of God’s plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. May he be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages. Amen.” – Ephesians 3:14-21 (NLT)
Read this. Read it again, read it slowly again. Yes, really!
Know that this is my prayer for you, – not only for today, but for everyday. That as you are obedient to God’s call, as you participate in his mission in this world, you will know in the very depths of your soul the depth of God’s love and marvelous plan for you.
Never doubt that God has prepared you to make a difference in the world today. He has equipped you with gifts and talents, he has given you a sphere of influence which grows all the time. And he has placed in you a heart that is compassionate and caring and filled with his light and life.
Never doubt the adequacy of his preparation, never doubt his power to follow through on his call, to lift you up when you are sinking down, and use you to shine a beacon of light and life in this dark world.
Give glory to God today, because there are people all over who thank God daily for you – for your heart – for your willingness to be sent – for your mission – your purpose, and most of all, – for you.
Simply bask in the love of your Savior, dwell in the house of your God and let your soul do back flips all day because he has chosen you. He is using you to change this world.
May he be the one who’s given the glory by your life of obedience and achievements!
Bringing It Home:
1. Read it all again. Let it seep into your soul.
2. Believe it! And live what you believe!
Today, Lord, today may I live in the truth of these words! May my life reflect the beauty of your love! May my words, my actions be a reflection of your compassion. Fill me with joy. Fill me with grace. May I bring glory to you today. In your name I pray. Amen.
Jane Jebsen, Adult Discipleship Minister
Joy! Lutheran Church / Gurnee, Illinois