Praying Through Ephesians 2

1 You were made alive when you were dead in transgressions and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience;

O God, thank You. Thank You for not leaving me dead in my transgressions and sins. Thank You for rescuing me from that way of life. Keep me now from ever again following the ruler of the kingdom of the air.

3 among whom we also all once lived in the lusts of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

Thank You, God. Thank You for rescuing me from a life of following the desires and thoughts of my sinful nature. Thank You for not leaving me as a child of wrath.

4 But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

O God, I cannot thank You enough for making me alive together with Christ when I was dead in my trespasses. Thank You, Father for Your grace—the grace by which You have saved me.

6 and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus;

Father, it truly was kindness for You to show Your grace to me, to everyone, who didn’t deserve it. Thank You, God. Thank You for raising me up with Christ and seating me with Him in the heavenly places. Thank You, Father.

8 for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, that no one would boast.

O God, keep from ever boasting about what I have done, what I have been given, the fact that Jesus has saved me, for it is all by Your grace. Help me always to remember, Father, that I deserve death, and it is only Your kindness, Your love, Your grace that has rescued me.

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.

Help me, O God, to do those good works that You prepared in advance for me to do. Help me to not shirk my responsibility, Father. Please help me, compel me to do all that You want me to do.

11 Therefore remember that once you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “uncircumcision” by that which is called “circumcision”, (in the flesh, made by hands); 12 that you were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

Father, oh the grace You showed, the love You showed, by making a way for all Gentiles to be reconciled with You. We had no hope. We did not have You.

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off are made near in the blood of Christ.

Thank You, dear Jesus. Thank You for the blood that You shed, the blood that washed away my sins and allows me to come near to God.

14 For he is our peace, who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of partition, 15 having abolished in his flesh the hostility, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man of the two, making peace; 16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, having killed the hostility thereby.

Lord Jesus, You are my peace. You are my peace. Jesus, I have experienced peace in recent years that I had not experienced before. I thank You for that. Thank You for helping me to rest in You and I ask that You continue to help me in that regard—to rest in You, to trust in You. Remind me that whatever happens, it will be OK because You will take care of me.

17 He came and preached peace to you who were far off and to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.

Father, I thank You for not abandoning Your people, Israel, and I thank You for adopting in the Gentiles—for making it possible for me, a non-Jew, to be adopted into Your family, into Your kingdom. I thank You that my adoption into Your family, into Your kingdom does not mean that a Jew somewhere will no longer be included in Your family. Thank You for bringing us both to You.

19 So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God, 20 being built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief cornerstone; 21 in whom the whole building, fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom you also are built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit.

“Fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.” God, those are wonderful words to hear—that I am a fellow citizen with Your people and members of Your household. Thank You, God.

Oh, help me, God, to always remember that Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone. Help me always to follow Him and no man. Help me, Lord.

Help me always to have a spirit of unity about me. Help me to work together with all of Your people, Father. Help me never to say, “I can’t work with that person because he or she doesn’t believe exactly as I do.” Help me, instead, to unite with all those who are following Jesus, who are making that same effort that I am to follow Jesus, to know Him, to do as He wants us to do, to become the people that You created us to be.

I have Your Spirit within me, Father. Help me to never grieve the Spirit, ignore the Spirit, or disobey the Spirit. Help me to listen to Your Spirit. Please open my spiritual ears and my spiritual eyes so that I can see, so that I can hear. Teach me, Lord. Teach me what I need to know to do all that You want me to do, to be the person You want me to be. Thank You, Lord Jesus.

I ask these things in Your name, believing they are Your will for me. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Scriptures are from the public domain World English Bible.