“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in Heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened….” Ephesians 3:14-21
This is a prayer fit to be used by ministers for their congregations, and by all Christians for themselves. It may be used as a daily prayer and we should offer it up in faith, without apprehending that the favor we ask is too great. God will do exceedingly more for us than we can either ask or understand. Whatever we ask, He will grant us still more; for, though we are sinners, Jesus has received gifts even for sinners, and to every one of us (verse 7) is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ, that we may enjoy all things richly — Christ being rich toward all them that call upon Him.
O God, You are our Father, reconciled to us in Christ. Grant us, therefore, power, great power, according to the riches of Your glory, not according to the narrowness of our hearts. We stand in need of great power, for we have great enemies. Strengthen us by Your Spirit in the inner man. Lord Jesus, dwell in our hearts and grant us to be rooted in Your love, that we may know it more and more, that it may be shed abroad in our hearts, that we may be enabled to manifest its fruit in our lives, and that we may be filled with all the fullness of God. You are able to do exceeding and abundantly above all that I can ask or think. Work, therefore in me, all the good pleasure of Your goodness and the work of faith with power.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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Do not be anxious about anything. (Phil 4:6)
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control. Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19. As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.”
Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it: Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live: Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.
God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble. When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19
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When leaving a tract, always be diligent to pray about the short gospel message. Pray that it be found by someone who is in need of Jesus’ saving grace, and pray that the person will have a tender heart and open ears to receive the gift Jesus desires to give them.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, even a small tract can help in turning a broken sinner from darkness to light.
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