I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Food For Thought:
The line that stands out to me is, “I do not cease to give thanks for you in my prayers.” In this passage of Scripture, Paul gives thanks to the church at Ephesus for the way in which they have developed in their faith and are reaching out to others. Think of a way that you could reach out to others this day. It doesn’t have to be big; it can be something small. Several weeks ago, I was waiting to pull into the drive-thru line at my favorite coffee place. There was a guy that was behind me in line who was dressed in scrubs and looked to be in a hurry. I let him in line ahead of me. When I pulled up to the window, the lady told me that he had paid for my coffee. So I told the lady that I would pay for the person in back of me. All day, I couldn’t help but think about how cool that experience was―how neat it is when we are on the receiving end of thankfulness and when we get to make someone else’s day.
Risen and ascended Christ, you surround us with witnesses. Open our minds to understand your teaching. Bless us with such grace that our lives may become a blessing for the world now, and in the age to come. In your holy and sacred name we pray, Amen.
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