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Ephesians 3:16-19

I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through his Spirit, 17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.

I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, 19 and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Prayer Journal Entry


We have traveled through Your Word in just three chapters of Ephesians to remind our hearts of the wondrous work Your Son has Done on the cross for our grand redemption and for Your glory!

We have revisited characters of old, like King David and the prophet Isaiah who foretold of the coming Messiah. (Acts 2:22-36, Isaiah 53) We have studied the rich gifts offered from Jesus’ death and resurrection. (Galatians 4:4-7, Ephesians 1:3-14) We examined the evidence of lives changed by Jesus’ words and sacrifice. (1 Corinthians 15:9-11, Acts 1:25-2:46).

In the end, Lord, all Your finished work points to Your loving heart as our Creator.

I ask that every reader, every heart, remembers You, the One who is love, loves each and every soul, including theirs, so much that He sacrificed His only begotten Son on the cross to reconcile us to Himself for all time. Eternity.

We need not fear any longer. We need not seek worldly protection. We need not submit to our flesh. We need not cower before the prince of darkness and the death he represents.

For Jesus has conquered the world! (John 16:33)

In Your Son’s beautiful name I pray this, Lord. Amen!

Worship Through Song

Journal Prompts


Prejudice and division have been an ugly part of every culture throughout human history, including biblical times. Christ came to redeem humanity by bringing unity under the banner of Christ. (Ephesians 2:11-14, Galatians 3:28)

One of my favorite Scriptures is James 1:19-20, which says, “My dear brothers and sisters, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger, for human anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness.” It’s a favorite because I’m so bad at following it and need the constant reminder!

Sisters, what happens when we remove all the labels and sit at the table with those different from us, dropping our agendas so we can simply listen? Jesus did not affiliate with any political party, nor did He seek to humiliate or attack His opposers. Yet so often in today’s world, especially in the west, conversations are dominated by political affiliations and the desire to be right at any cost.

Rarely is anything in this world so black and white, but when we close off our hearts and our ears to what others are saying and experiencing, we miss grace, and we miss Christ’s heart.

This, unified sisters in Jesus, is where we find hope and unity despite the tempting allure of division. In humility and willingness to listen, we find empathy and love. It’s where we find unity. We must stop pursuing “our rights” and start pursuing truth and grace.

God’s plans are good because His purpose is good.” This breathtaking line from Bethany in Wednesday’s study, Follow in Full, goes hand in hand with Jesus’ work on the cross.

God’s plans for Jesus’ life on earth were not always enjoyable, certainly not easy, and oftentimes lonely. Yet Jesus obeyed even unto the point of death (Philippians 2:5-11) because He understood the purpose of his Father’s plans were greater than His physical experiences.

Paul, as Bethany mentioned, also maintained this focused perspective in challenges. (Philippians 1:12-21, Ephesians 3:1-13). Paul thrived in his suffering because he saw the eternal picture rather than focusing on the moment right in front of him; his attention hung unswervingly on Jesus.

When the crowd at Pentecost experienced the Holy Spirit, their whole lives changed. The good news is they didn’t change by their own willpower and neither do we; true change into the image of Christ is accomplished only by the power of the Spirit. When we let go of our plans and pursue God’s, we no longer need to rely on our own strength. (2 Timothy 2:1-13)

We don’t need to fear the afflictions of this world because we know our labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58) We can remain anchored in the character of God who brings good from the bad (Romans 8:28) and will never abandon us (Isaiah 41:10, Deuteronomy 31:8).


To close this theme, we studied Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21. He emphasized the importance of prayer and prays specifically for his fellow brothers and sisters. Notice how prayer softens our spiritual posture and humbles our physical one, whether it be from our knees on the floor, a bowed head, or a face raised to the heavens.

Consistent and frequent prayer allows us to maintain a gentle affect and respond to the world’s unkindness with God’s patient kindness. The Holy Spirit  , not the least of which is our Teacher and Source of conviction when we sin. When we come to the Lord in the humble heart posture of prayer, we become open to God’s rule and reign in the whole of our lives.

King Solomon teaches us that our hearts are wellsprings of life. (Proverbs 4:23) Who better to safeguard and direct them than the source of ALL life Himself? Lastly, aligning ourselves with God through prayer means a surrendered will to walk according to the leadership of God’s Spirit.

When we walk in submission to the Spirit, He holds out the good fruits of peace and gentleness and abundant life through our everyday life choices instead of what the sinful flesh offers, which is death, hostility to God, and division. (Romans 8:5-6)

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