Monday, February 7, 2011

I stole this from my friend

Ephesians 3:14-19
For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] 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 Lord’s holy people, 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. 

Now, read that passage again.

Yesterday our pastor read these words, and after the message my dear friend simply said, "Why aren't we doing this, Why aren't we praying these words for each other?  They are so powerful, why aren't we praying them?" 

I didn't have an answer for her, but her words pierced my heart and I knew what my next blog would be.  It would simply be this Ephesians passage, and a promise that this week I will commit to praying for those of you who read this.  I don't know all of your names or your faces, but each time I sit down at the computer this week, I will pray you see the love of God.  I will pray for your roots to grow, that you will be strengthened by the knowledge that Jesus, the Christ, the Holy God loves you.

Now, read the passage again and this time choose a person to pray for this week, to pray these words over.  Maybe even send this to them, to let them know you are praying.  Just one.  Let one somebody know that, first, God has immeasurably more love for them than can be measured and that, second, you love them and are bringing them before His throne.

As I said before, I will be praying for you this week.  I will be praying that you are strengthened by His power.  I will be praying that  you will recognize even the smallest good that comes your way is the working of His Love.  I will pray His love makes it past your head and deeply into your heart.

Now one last time, read the passage again.  It's life changing stuff.

And by the way, thanks, dear friend, for asking such a question.

With Love,


  1. May we all be willing to do this for one another. Love this. How easy He always makes it for us.

  2. Thanks to you and your friend (and let's not forget Paul!) for a wonderful idea on how to pray for each other. I picked two people to pray for last week. What a blessing. I'll keep it going this week too.