Read Ephesians 3:1-21
I am crazy in love with Ephesians chapter 3!
I think I relate so much to Paul because I, like Paul, could not be more unqualified to speak out for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Thankfully, God doesn’t give that a second thought.
The Jews were extremely proud people because they knew they were God’s chosen people. Then, Paul comes along in chapter 3 and sets up the scene by telling them that there is ‘more to the story’ and they are going to have a very hard time grasping it. In verse 6, Paul declares that the gentiles are now fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Wait, WHAT?!
Religious thinking: They don’t deserve that. We deserve it. It’s a rule.
Relationship thinking: I don’t deserve this yet you give it to me anyway.
We can never reach God through a set of rules when we were created for so much more!
I remember a night during our Grace Group when my husband asked the group, “If you knew you had 24 hours to live, what would you do?” Most of us stated that we would run through the streets trying to share the gospel of Jesus to everyone we met. We would do that, if, we knew we were dying. As sad as that is, it’s been my reality. I go along in my very comfortable life and pray little prayers asking God bless this and protect that. Paul didn’t have time for that and yet, he had all the time in the world sitting in that prison cell. He was on a mission, the same mission I’m called to be on. To know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Father, forgive me. You have blessed me to live in a nation where I can hit my knees at any given time to come to you in prayer. Forgive my surface prayers. Thank you for Paul’s courage. To kneel before you in inhumane conditions and declare that we become rooted and established in love. He wasn’t praying for himself, he was coming before you and praying for me. Am I praying that over my family, my small group, & my co-workers? Am I bowing before you daily, begging you through tears to show the lost people in my life how wide and long and high and deep your love is for them? Oh, Lord, may we pray these prayers with the boldness as if it may be the very last prayer I am blessed to bring before you. Time is running out and you have given me a job to do. May I finish strong, not because it’s a rule, but because it is a privilege.
7 Day Family Prayer Challenge
DAY 5: PRAY FOR PARTNERSHIP
Read Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10. Life is better together!! The Family and the Church need each other! Parents have thousands of more hours with their kids than the church does. The Church has the privilege and opportunity to be another positive voice in the lives of our kids. So pray today for Grace Students and Grace Kids Grace Group Leaders. That they will be encouraged as they speak truth and hope into students and kids’ lives. Pray for God to show our church the very best ways to encourage and partner with families!