From Handbook to Scripture, Day 293
READING: EPHESIANS 2
Our position in Christ (1–3) lays the foundation for our practice in Christ (4–6). After a prologue, Paul praises the triune God for the work of the Father in choosing us (1:3–6), the Son in redeeming us (1:7–12), and the Spirit for sealing us (1:13–14). This marvelous hymn to God’s grace is followed by a prayer for spiritual illumination in the knowledge of our calling, inheritance, and power (1:15–23). Paul contrasts his readers’ former spiritual condition without Christ with the life and hope that salvation by grace through faith has given them (2:1–10). This redemption includes Jews, yet also extends to Gentiles who previously were “strangers to the covenants of promise.” In Christ, the two for the first time have become “fellow citizens with the saints” and members of one body (2:11–22).
Prayer: Lord, I thank You that it is by grace that we have been saved through faith; and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Meditation passage: verses 4–10
From Transforming Prayers, vol. 1
Nothing Can Defeat God’s Purposes
Lord of all things, Your sovereign will and purposes cannot be thwarted by human or demonic opposition. You revealed to Your prophets the things that were to come, and You have been working in history to bring these things to pass just as You predicted and promised. May I have a growing sense of confidence and assurance in all Your promises and rest in the realization that setbacks and opposition and disappointments will not defeat Your purposes for my life. I ask for a broader perspective that sees things in light of eternity and contextualizes the present in light of the ultimate future. May I have a zeal for the things that You have declared to be important and a desire for that which You want to accomplish through me for Your good pleasure. When I am anxious, I will give my burdens back to You and rest in Your assurances.
From Handbook to Renewal
Focus: The Character I Want to Cultivate—Godliness and Reverence
Like Noah, I want to be a righteous person, blameless among the people of my time, and one who walks with God. (Genesis 6:9)
I desire to be righteous before You in my generation. (Genesis 7:1)
I will be careful not to forget the Lord my God by failing to observe His commandments, His ordinances and His statutes. (Deuteronomy 8:11)
The Lord rewards every man for his righteousness and faithfulness. (1 Samuel 26:23)
The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: “He who rules over men in righteousness, who rules in the fear of God, is like the light of morning when the sun rises, a morning without clouds, like the tender grass springing out of the earth through the sunshine after rain.” (2 Samuel 23:3–4)
Like Hezekiah, I want to do what is good and right and true before the Lord my God by seeking Him with all my heart. (2 Chronicles 31:20–21)
From Memory Verse Guide
Level 2 > Loving Others Compassionately > Christian and Christian
This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. (James 1:19–20)