A Simple and Powerful Prayer

I’ve had some rough days over the past few weeks.  Nothing serious, kids being excessively whiny or hyper, wondering if I will ever unpack everything, unexpected moments of grief, budgeting (ugh), and just life in general.

Today I sat down and was thinking that I really should blog something, it’s been so long.  I reflected over what I’ve been reading in my daily study (which, praise Jesus, I seem to be fitting in to my days FINALLY).  But, although it is good, it’s nothing just “jump of the page” at me today.  So, I started pouring through my box of favorite verses. (A work in progress, but still helpful)  This is what I found, and wanted to share it with you because it screamed at me today.

Ephesians 3:14-21

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Prayer for Spiritual Power

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. 16 I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, 17 and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love,19 and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us— 21 to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

And put another way

The Message (MSG)

14-19 My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.

20-21 God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!

Doesn’t that make you feel encouraged?  It did me!

Be blessed!

-De

 

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