Praying Ephesians -Ephesians 1-

We make the Scripture ours by reading it, studying it, meditating on it, living it, and praying it.

 “Prayer is the most tangible expression of trust in God.” Jerry Bridges, Trusting God

@Shiloh Photography (used with permission)

 

Father, thank you because you made a way for me to become yours. Thank you for your immeasurable Grace and its perfect fruit: Peace. Lord, when I see beyond the many physical gifts, all wonderful and undeserving, that it has pleased you to bestow upon me; when I lift my eyes to the heavenly realms and see all the gifts that are beyond all comprehension, I fall on my knees and bless your name. Lord, thank you for calling me, for choosing me in love to be called your own, to be adopted by you, Father. Thank you for each spiritual blessing, for the promises of eternal life, for the miracle of the Cross, for the hope of the resurrection, for that peace that surpasses all understanding. Thank you, O Lord!

Father, I praise your glorious grace with which you have blessed us in the Beloved, in Jesus. I praise you, Father, for Jesus because it is in Him that we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of all our sins, according to the riches of His Grace. O what a wonderful, glorious Grace!

As I see the cross and the blood of the Lamb, I see your wisdom and insight making known to us, your children, the mystery of your will: to have for yourself one Church united in Jesus. How I long for that day!

Thank you, Father, because it is in Jesus, In Him alone, that we have obtained our precious inheritance. Only in Him can we possess the gift of Eternal Life. Only in Him, when we heard the word of Truth, the gospel of our salvation that pierced our soul, and revived our dried bones, only when you made us believe in Him, is that we were sealed with the Holy Spirit. This is just glorious, Lord! That no one can rob that inheritance from us! That the salvation of our souls is assured by the seal of the Holy Spirit and not by our own feeble efforts is wonderful! Thank you, Lord! I praise your glorious Grace!

For this reason, for the faith that you have given me, I now come before you to pray for my children. Give me a heart that is inclined to intercede with all kinds of prayers and supplications for my sons and daughters all day, every day. That I may not cease to fall on my knees on their behalf, that I may not fall in the sin of worrying and being anxious for them and their future instead of trusting that their life,  all of it is under your sovereign, loving hand. Give me the faith that trusts that your will for them is that they may know You and your perfect will. Father, I pray for the children that you have given me and for their future spouses. I pray that you, Gracious God, may give them a spirit of wisdom and of revelation so that they may know You. Lord, that they may seek you in the days of their youth and grow in the wisdom that is only found in the Scriptures. Father, draw them to your Word, keep them from the evil one, from all false teachers, from all deceptions, from their own sinful desires. Father, enlighten their eyes that they may know what is the hope to which you have called them. I pray that you will deliver them from all the false hopes and all the false promises that the gods of this age offer. Deliver them from setting their eyes, their efforts, and their heart in the riches that will perish, that are vain and leave men and women empty. Strengthen them so that they may be able to stand firm in the days of trial, in the many times in which they’ll have to face fierce temptations. Call them by name, O Lord, show them what are the riches of the glorious inheritance that we have in You; let them see with the eyes of their soul what is the immeasurable greatness of your power toward us who believe in You. Open their eyes that they might understand the power of the cross and the resurrection and live a life that will bring glory to your name.

Father, draw us to you, to Jesus. Apart from you we can do nothing, we can go nowhere, we are lost, and fruitless. Help us today to live by Grace, with our eyes fixed on the cross and the power of the resurrection. Help us today to build your Kingdom and build up for ourselves treasures in Heaven.

I pray trusting that you hear me because of your steadfast love.
In Jesus’ perfect name,

Amen.

Becky

Quiet Times in the Morning

Still Life with Bible, Van Gogh

Reading books, listening to sermons, and having conversations that encourage us to grow in godliness is essential, and it is essential because sometimes the easiest thing is not getting up early to pray and read the Word of God. Many times our bodies win the battle, we stay in bed and then the rest of the day we feel like we are dragging our soul through the various circumstances and duties ahead of us.

I am now reading True Community: The Biblical Practice of Koinonia by Jerry Bridges and in it I found great encouragement to keep on waking up early to have quiet times (praying and reading the Scriptures) with God.

Let me share a few quotes with you so that you may also be encouraged:

“Our communion should be more than just having a quiet time in the morning; it should be an all-day affair. In fact, Isaiah and David take us one step further. They talk about having communion with the Lord even in the night. Isaiah said, “My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you” (Isaiah 26:9). David said, “On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night” (Psalm 63:6).”

 

“The morning quiet time lays the foundation for our all-day communion with God because it tunes our hearts to commune with Him for the rest of the day. It is a time when we can concentrate all our faculties on worshiping Him in reverent adoration. It is a time when we can give undivided attention to His Word and talk to Him in prayer.”

“We may have communion with God throughout the entire day, but seeking His face connotes an intensity of mind and heart that is usually possible only during our time alone with God.”

 

“Intense, organized prayer alone with God in the morning prepares us to breathe those quick, silent prayers that are needed so often throughout the day.”

 

Matthew Henry says that to walk with God is “to set God always before us, and to act as those that are always under his eye. It is to live a life of communion with God both in ordinances and providences. It is to make God’s word our rule and his glory our end in all our actions.”

  

“How do we, then, practice communion with God throughout the day? If the morning quiet time is the foundation of that communion, Scripture meditation and prayer are the framework of it.”

 

We can meditate on Scripture — think about it and reflect on it — throughout the day only if we have it in our minds. And we have Scripture in our minds only if we have made the effort to just plain memorize it. There is no shortcut to meditation that bypasses Scripture memorization.”

 

Our emphasis today is on doing things for God, or on believing the right doctrines about Him. But few believers take time to commune with God simply for the sake of enjoying Him and adoring Him. In the church today, there seems to be very little of that thirst for God described in Psalm 42:1: “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.”

Under His sun and by His grace,
 

Becky