In a series of recent articles I have looked at successive passages from Chapter 2 of the Epistle to the Ephesians and recorded some notes on those passages. I also composed the following prayers that were an attempt to pray back to God what He has revealed to us of His character, plans and purposes in those scriptures. [For convenience readers will find that clicking on the Blog numbers in the titles will take them to the original articles.]
EPHESIANS 2:1-7. A SUGGESTED PRAYER. Thanking God For The Freedom He Gives Us In Christ. [Biblical Text, Prayer and Notes are found in Blog No 293]
“Heavenly Father, We thank You that though we were dead in our sins, You made us spiritually alive in Christ.
We thank You that when we were held in bondage by our three main enemies, You brought us liberty.
- You set us free from the power of the enemy around us, the pressure of the unbelieving world, as we began to trust in You.
- You set us free from the enemy against us, Satan and the powers of darkness, so that we became free to live as You wanted us to live.
- You set us free from the enemy within us, our old nature, so that we could live for You by Your grace and power.
We thank You too that in Your great love and mercy for us, You made us alive with Christ and made us to sit with Him in the place of honour and acceptance at Your right hand.
We thank You that You have shown us, and will continue to show us in the days ahead, just how much You love us.
Accept our grateful thanks for all Your mercies to us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN!”
EPHESIANS 2:8-10. A SUGGESTED PRAYER. Thanking God For The Salvation He Offers To Us As A Gift In Christ. [Biblical Text, Prayer and Notes are found in Blog No 294]
We thank You for Your amazing grace so freely bestowed on us.
We thank you that when we could do nothing to save ourselves, You sent Jesus to save us.
We thank You that our salvation didn’t come to us as a reward for our good works. Rather in Your mercy and grace, it came to us as we received salvation as a gift in Him.
We thank You that You have made us for Yourself as Your own possession and that You have a created us to fulfil Your eternal plan and purpose for us.
We thank You for the good works You have prepared for us to walk in. Give us the wisdom to know Your will for us, and the ability to walk in Your ways, in the power of Your Holy Spirit.
We ask this in Jesus’ name. AMEN!”
EPHESIANS 2:11-13. A SUGGESTED PRAYER. Thanking God For The Joy Of Belonging To Him And To His People. [Biblical Text, Prayer and Notes are found in Blog No 295]
“Oh Father, what it a joy it is to belong to You and to Your people. We thank You for all You have done through Jesus’ death on the cross to bring us back to You. We thank You that we are no longer separated, no longer alienated and that we have a sure hope because we belong to You. We thank You that You are our God and that we are now Your people.
Lord Jesus, we want to show our appreciation for all You have done for us, by enthroning You as our Lord and by serving You as our Master. We pray these things in Your own precious name of Jesus. AMEN.”
EPHESIANS 2:14-16. A SUGGESTED PRAYER. Thanking God That Hostility Between Humans Can Come To An End, In Christ. [Biblical Text, Prayer And Notes Are Found In Blog No 296]
“Heavenly Father, we thank You that Jesus died to brings us back to You. We thank You that He has made it possible for people from all backgrounds to live in unity in Him. We thank You that in Him we all belong to the one body of Christ He has established in His world. We thank You that forgiveness of our sins and acceptance into Your family are offered freely to us in Him.
Help us to remember the incredible cost it was to Him as He hung on the cross for our sakes, so that we might be wholly committed to Him for the rest of our lives. We ask this in Jesus’ name and for His sake. AMEN.”
EPHESIANS 2:17-22. A SUGGESTED PRAYER. Thanking God For The Joy Of Belonging! [Biblical Text, Prayer and Notes are found in Blog No 297]
“Oh Lord, what a privilege it is to belong to You and to Your people! When we were nothing and had nothing of eternal value, You enabled us to hear the good news of what Jesus has done for us. We thank You that when we put our trust in Him, You allowed us to have access to You in prayer by Your Spirit.
We thank You that You have adopted us into Your family and that we belong to You and to all the other members of Your family throughout the world.
We pray that You will be glorified as You take up residence in every part of our lives and that others may see and experience your presence in and through our lives, as we offer them to You. In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN.”
Blog No.298 posted on www.jimholbeck.blog on Sunday 21st October 2018.
NOTE:- The Compilation of the prayers from the articles on Ephesians chapter 1 can be found here.