We have made it through the entire book of Ephesians. I pray we are even a sliver more like Jesus than we were when we started. The Word of God may not change, but it certainly changes us!
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I’m grateful for taking this journey alongside Kristan. While I felt called to work through the two studies above, I’ll also being following along with her through the book of Acts. I’ve had a sneak peak at her first week and I promise you’ll want to follow along too!
Ephesians 6:18-24 NIV
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing. I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you. Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.”
What stood out to me…
In elementary school when I would receive all A’s on a report card, I was supposed to call my out-of-town grandparents to share the good news. I loathed this experience. In my mind, I had done what I was supposed to do, and to receive praise for it seemed insulting.
Because of my immaturity, I assumed my progress was solely of my own doing. I wasn’t able to recognize the work of others to keep me fed, clothed, and healthy as factors in my success.
As a child, I didn’t realize my attitude of taking care of things on my own was actually robbing those around me from experiencing joy through my experiences.
The apostle Paul had grown in maturity in the Holy Spirit and his connection enabled him to do what would have been impossible on his own. He has been beaten and imprisoned while spreading the Gospel. From prison, his mission becomes to encourage groups of believers and mentor others.
In his maturity, Paul recognizes what he is called to do can not be accomplished on his own; it is through the power of the Holy Spirit. In asking others to pray also for him, Paul gives others a chance to be a part of what God is doing in him and through him for the Kingdom.
Let us not forget to give others the opportunity to walk out the Gospel by going to the Father on our behalf as well.
Father, thank you for the opportunity to walk beside Kristan and pray for her. It has been a blessing for you to share words of encouragement for her through me and to get to see your faithfulness to those.
Protect me from myself when my pride threatens my vision to see the need to include others in my journey. In every moment, may I remember my partnership with the Holy Spirit living inside of me and the fact You intended life to be in community.