Praying Through Ephesians 1

God, help me to be among those who are called “the faithful in Christ Jesus.” Please give me your grace and your peace, which are only available from you through my Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you, God, for the redemption that you have provided through the blood of Jesus, for the forgiveness of my sins, according to the riches of your grace that you lavished on me. You’ve made known to me the mystery of your will, according to your purpose that you set forth in Christ.

Father, I do trust that in the fullness of time, you will indeed unite all things in Christ, both here on earth and in heaven.

I stand amazed, Father. Amazed at your love, your grace, your wisdom, and your insight. I stand amazed.

Oh God, you have blessed me in your Son with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, and you chose me in Christ before the foundation of the world so that I should be holy and blameless before you. You predestined me, because you love me, to be adopted as your child through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of your will, not mine. Why? For the praise of your glorious grace with which you have blessed me in the Beloved, Jesus Christ. Thank you, God.

Thank you, God, for the redemption that you have provided through the blood of Jesus, for the forgiveness of my sins, according to the riches of your grace that you lavished upon me. You’ve made known to me the mystery of your will, according to your purpose that you set forth in Christ.

Oh, thank you, God, for this reassurance, for this sealing with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit who is the guarantee of my inheritance, that down payment. Thank you, Father. Thank you.

Father, I confess that I have not been faithful in giving thanks to you for all of your people throughout the world as I hear of their faith. Father, I guess I take it for granted, and I should not because the price was too high. Help me, Father. Help me never again to take for granted the faith of your people. Help me, rather, to always give thanks to you for your people, for the faith that you’ve given them, for the way in which they have stood fast. Help me to remember them, to remember that strong faith comes through suffering. Help me, therefore, to remember them in their suffering, knowing that you will bring them through the trials, through the valleys, that you will bring them out on the other side with a strong faith. Their hearts will have been enlightened so they will know the hope to which you have called them and the riches of that glorious inheritance with the saints. They will also know the immeasurable greatness of your power toward all of us who believe.

Oh, God, help me never to forget this—that you are in control, that you are sovereign, that you are working in the lives of your people everywhere, leading them through the trials required to refine their faith, and that you’re doing the same with me. You lead me through trials to refine my faith.

I ask you, Father, to continue your work in me, to mold me into the person that you want me to be. Help me, Father, to be more like Jesus, in whose precious name I ask this. Amen.

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