Jesus, I come to you this morning desiring that through your Spirit you teach me something new about you, and teach me something new on how I am to love those in my life today…
In my reflections on the first 4 chapters of Ephesians we have read I have put together from Paul’s words a commissioning over your life as a person in Christ who is a disciple of Christ. Insert your name in the blanks and read this commissioning prayer out loud as if Jesus was speaking it over your life. Set your alarm on your phone to remind you to pray it over your life several times today.
____________, you are a fellow citizen with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom you are being built into a dwelling of God in the Spirit and a temple of the Lord.
For ____________, you are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that you would walk in them.
For by grace __________, you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
So I say this, and insist in the Lord, that you___________ no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding, being alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardness of their hearts.
But ___________you did not learn about Christ like this…. You were taught with reference to your former way of life to lay aside the old man who is being corrupted in accordance with deceitful desires, to be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and to put on the new man who has been created in Godʼs image - in righteousness and holiness that comes from truth.
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you,___________, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, and that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
In Jesus' name,
Ephesians 2:8,10,19-22; 3:14-19, 4:17-23.
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