From Handbook to Scripture, Day 294
READING: EPHESIANS 3
Ephesians as a whole, and especially the first three chapters, is full of rich imagery and thought, and it develops insights about the believer’s position in Christ that are both profound and powerful. The two prayers in this book (1:15–23; 3:14–21) are among the most significant in the Bible, and they can be used with great profit. The unification of Jew and Gentile in one body was formerly a mystery that has now become manifest (3:1–13). In his second prayer, Paul asks that his readers be strengthened with God’s power and with the knowledge of the love of Christ (3:14–21).
Paul wrote this epistle to encourage his readers to grow into spiritual maturity by laying hold of the resources they have in Christ and by building each other up through the use of spiritual gifts and through serving one another out of Christ’s love.
Prayer: Lord, I ask that You would strengthen me with power through Your indwelling Spirit so that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith, and that I would be rooted and grounded in His love.
Meditation passage: verses 16–21
From Transforming Prayers, vol. 1
The Restoration of All Things
God of glory, in wisdom You have made the heavens and the earth, and nothing is too difficult for You. You rule over the cosmos with its hundreds of billions of galaxies and hold all things together. You created all things for your good pleasure, and the heavens proclaim Your glory, majesty and greatness. Your glory and wisdom are also manifest throughout the manifold flora and fauna of this rich, though bent, world. In spite of the transgression of the Fall and the consequent spread of sin and of death, Your redemptive work will overcome the ravages of sin. Your Word clearly reveals that no amount of human effort could conquer this alienation and bring about peace with You and with humanity. I thank You that You have paid the only price that could bring this about through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
From Handbook to Renewal
Focus: The Character I Want to Cultivate—Godliness and Reverence
Like Josiah, I desire to do what is right in the sight of the Lord, walking in the ways of David and not turning aside to the right or to the left. (2 Chronicles 34:1–2)
Like Job, I want to be blameless and upright, fearing God and shunning evil. (Job 1:1)
You know the way that I take; when You have tested me, I shall come forth as gold. My feet have held fast to Your steps; I have kept to Your way without turning aside. (Job 23:10–11)
Men fear You, for You do not regard any who are wise of heart. (Job 37:24)
The Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. (Psalm 1:6)
I know that the Lord has set apart the godly for Himself; the Lord hears when I call to Him. (Psalm 4:3)
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)