Wednesday, August 15
The Daily5 is a simple guide for daily time with God. Five activities for five minutes each. Start with the short devotional below, then pick four more activities from the listed options. It's ok if you can only do three or four activities! Commit each day to complete at least one of the five.
15 This is why, since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the mighty working of his strength.
20 He exercised this power in Christ by raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavens— 21 far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every title given, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he subjected everything under his feet and appointed him as head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.
Paul prays a very powerful prayer for the people in Ephesus. He asks for four things: 1- that they would have wisdom and that their knowledge would be in the Lord. 2- their heart would realize the hope they have in Jesus Christ. 3- they would know the reward they receive from Jesus. 4- they would be aware of the power that is toward us, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead and seated him above all things. Paul expands that all things are under Christ’s authority, including the church. We are his body working “for” him.
Lord, give me wisdom. Open my eyes so I may see the hope that I have in Jesus. Thank you for your grace and kindness. May I praise your great name today knowing that you are above all things. May I function as an obedient member of the body of Christ. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
This is such a powerful prayer. Think of an individual in your life. It may be a family member, co-worker, or someone you met throughout your daily routine. As a member of the body of Christ, would you pray this pray for that person? Do that now.
Pick Four More Activities
- Listen and Worship.
- Pray a Psalm.
- Read a Book.
- Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
- Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
- Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
- Memorize a Verse.
- List Five Things You're Thankful For.
- Encourage Somebody.