Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ephesians: Discovering Your Identity and Purpose in Christ – Week Two

Sit and Pray

This week it’s time to sit and pray.  The Bible teaches us to live in an attitude of prayer.  That can be easier said than done on many days.  How often do you “really” pray?  Are you like me and find yourself praying so you can check that activity off of your “to do” list for the day?  Or maybe you pray because you know it’s expected, not because you want to encounter the Lord?  I’ve been there, too.  What keeps you from living the life of prayer God intended for you?

Knowing God is the greatest treasure.  This was one of Paul’s top prayers for the Ephesians.  What do you pray for your siblings in Christ?  How well do you know God?  How has prayer helped you to know Him?

Being filled with God’s fullness is to have all that God makes available to us so that He can show off His power on earth.

God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work in us.  This is limitless power.  This is resurrection power.  This power is described by the Greek word for dynamite, energy, mighty and strong.  This is the power we have to overcome, to forgive, to love and to deal with difficult stuff.  When you think of it like that, it really sends the point home that, when we don’t forgive and love as we’re instructed in Scripture, it’s not because we can’t.  It’s because we don’t want to.  How will you be changing how you live today?

Memorize:  Ephesians 3:17b-19

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