Tuesday, August 21
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.
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. 16 I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through his Spirit, 17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, 19 and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us— 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
This is the second prayer that Paul prays in the book of Ephesians. What makes this prayer so great is that it reflects boldness; only God can answer this prayer. We see Paul ask for three things. The first is inner power (v.16-17) so that saved people would be strengthened. The second is a desire to comprehend the incomprehensible (v.17-19a) so that believers would know the love of Christ in it’s fullest form. The final request is for fullness (v.19) in hopes that believers would be so filled with God that there are no empty spaces. These requests are large, but God can do so much more! He loves answering big prayers. It gives him glory.
Lord, I pray that your strengthen me as a believer. I pray that I am able to comprehend the love that is shown for me. I pray that I experience fullness from you. May you receive glory for my life. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
Paul sets a wonderful example of how we should pray for people in 1:15-23 and in this passage. Learning to pray from Scripture is the best thing we could do. Think of believers that you see everyday. Once you have a few in mind, pray this prayer for them. God loves to answer big prayers. Pray them 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.