by Philip Layton
Through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence’ (v 12)
To what extent do we believe this, practise it, and tell others about it?
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Going Deeper From 'Words of Life'
We are all sinners, and in God’s eyes we’re all equal – no matter our ethnicity, background, or social status. Because of Christ we all have access to the Father by his Spirit. He is our wonderful triune God.
It brings a sense of oneness; a sense that we are all on this spiritual journey together – knowing, in The Salvation Army, that we have one message we’re sharing with the world; one mission of reaching others for Christ; all because we’re one Army.
We can pray for one another, interceding on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Christ worldwide. As Paul prayed for the Ephesians we can pray for others, and as we do this we can picture men, women and children receiving a blessing because of our prayers.
Let’s bring a certain country to mind. Picture the people, bowed, ready to receive. Perhaps they’ve had an extremely difficult time in recent days. Pray with me for them right now:
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in Heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith (3:14-17).
As people are strengthened by our prayers, let’s share with them a blessing that will sustain them in the days and weeks to come:
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen (3:20, 21).
A prayer and a blessing for them; for ourselves – giving ultimate glory to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen and amen!
Beverly IvanyTags: Ephesians