1 Chronicles 19:1-21:30
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14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
great passion, the Apostle Paul prays for the Ephesian Christians to
be strengthened by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. He prays for
them to be rooted in love. He prays that they will be able to grasp,
know, experience all God has for them. He prays that they be filled
with the fullness of Christ's love.
Response and Action:
want to live and pray with an intensity and vision like that of the
Apostle Paul. I want to be passionate in my devotion to Christ. I want
to know the love of Christ experience the fullest measure of the life
he gives. I want to be strengthened, guided, and shaped by the Holy
Spirit. This must be my highest priority, the foundation for all my
life, and the object of all my intentions. This is also my prayer for
others others in Christ—my family, my friends, my neighbors, and my
God. I believe that knowing you and growing in you must be the
passion of my life. I believe that living life to the fullest can only
happen by knowing and experiencing the love of Christ to the fullest.
Help me as I desire to seek him first—his kingdom and his
righteousness. Strengthen me and guide me by your Spirit. Help me, by
your grace, to stretch and to focus my energies and intentions on
every good thing that draws me closer to you—further, deeper, higher,
and wider into Christ. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Matthew 6:33
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
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