Prayer for Strength

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 December 2015

A Prayer for Strength from Ephesians 3

Dear fellow disciple-maker,

A mature follower of Jesus is confident. This inner confidence is much more than healthy self-esteem, a hopeful outlook on life, or mere positive thinking. It is a deep inward belief that God is good and is always working to accomplish his purpose.

In Ephesians 3:14-21, the Apostle Paul offers a prayer that deepens our confidence in God's character and his commitment to each of his children. This prayer informs us that the spiritual strength we long for comes from God alone. Read it slowly and let this prayer for strength renew your spiritual passion.

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Grasp the Depth of His Love

God's love reaches all people and covers all sins. We can't hear this enough. God loves us for ourselves and values our love more than anything in the universe. This is beyond comprehension. For most, feeling compassion and showing love after being personally rejected is very difficult. Not so with God. Despite the fact that we rejected his perfect love, God can pardon and restore any and every kind of sin or wrong doing. It doesn't matter who you are or what you've done. There is no evil that God's love cannot forgive. There is no sin that is a match for his grace.

Let this good news strengthen your faith. The love of Christ is broader, longer, higher and deeper than anything we have ever known. Look at the cross again and again until your faith is firmly rooted and grounded in the love Christ has for you.

Be Conscious of His Presence

God is always with us. We are never really alone. We didn't live one day last year alone and we won't live one day in the coming year by ourselves. God has placed his very own Spirit deep into our hearts. By his Spirit, Christ himself actually dwells within us.

Jesus is not only very real, he is very close. He is with us no matter what we are going through. His presence is permanent. Jesus will never leave us or forsake us. He feels our pain and understands our struggles. We never weep alone. Through Christ's indwelling presence we have a friend who encourages our hearts and a leader who guides our path.

Rely on His Ability

Nothing is impossible for God. There is no limits to his power. He can do more than anything we could ever ask or imagine. With that in mind, our challenge is to never stop calling on the name of the Lord. When Lazarus died in John 11, his sisters Mary and Martha thought the situation was hopeless. They never dreamed that Jesus had the ability to raise their brother from the dead. But when Jesus is your friend, nothing is impossible.

God's power is resurrection power and resurrection power mainly works in a graveyard. God's power works best when the situation looks dead; when things feel totally hopeless and people feel completely helpless. Never assume that if a problem looks impossible to you, that it also looks that way to God. Jesus is over all. Nothing can hinder his purpose, plan or power. As this year draws to a close, thank God for how he has worked in your life. Use this prayer to guide you as you walk with God into 2016. His love, his presence and his ability are enough to give you confidence and strengthen your faith. God loves us. God is with us. God is able to do more than we can imagine.  Make this your prayer for strength. To God be the glory.

Author:Paul Schlieker  www.bible-study-lesson-plans.com


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