EPHESIANS TRUTH—"prayer-starters"—PART 1
Finding Our Way in the Darkness
NO BOOK PLUNGES deeper in its quest for understanding than does Ephesians. Nor is there one that takes us higher in its release of revelation. As we begin this month of praying together, let us see what Paul had to say in Ephesians regarding the mind and its ability to grasp spiritual truth.
DAY 1-The Release of Light for the Gentile Nations
LORD, set me free from the bondage of lifeless religion like You did for Paul. I've held ways and ideas that have no life or strength in them. Some of it has been out of tradition. Some of it has been out of ignorance. I am now ready for You to bring me into the life and strength of Your Kingdom. Let its light shine in my mind.
Coming from Darkness to Light-Rom 13:12; II Cor 4:1-6
DAY 2-Paul's Prayer that Darkness Be Removed
FATHER, I have acknowledged Your Son Jesus Christ as my Lord. I am ready for the light of the revelation that comes from Him. Let it find out every part of me that withstands You, and Your Kingdom. Let it make me pure and alive for You. And let it shine through me to others.
A Warning: Turning from God, Once Light Has Come, Will Increase One's Darkness.-Rom 1:16-22
DAY 3-Taking Leave of the Darkened Way
LORD, because my understanding has been so dark, I need mercy along with Your light. Deal tenderly as You bring light inside me where before I've been afraid for You to come. Leave no part of me in the dark since I no longer fear Your light or the revelation it brings.
Separating from the Darkness-II Cor 6:11-7:1
DAY 4-The Renewal of the Mind
LORD, my way of thinking has retained some darkness. It's difficult for me to let it all go. I need the help of Your Spirit. Send Him through all the avenues of my thinking to straighten and cleanse every thought and idea I have.
Transformation that Comes through a Renewed Understanding-Rom 12:1,2; I John 5:18-21
DAY 5-An Exhortation To Walk as Children of Light
LORD, since I want no more darkness in my life, I renounce all trickery, all hypocrisy, and all falsehood. I embrace truth openly and am ready to walk in the light with all who are around me. Give me Your grace in this.
The Call Out of Darkness-I Pet 2:1-10
DAY 6-Receiving Light Like Arising from the Dead
LORD, there are times I still feel the powers of darkness around me. I fear them, especially as they attack me in the night. But now, I renounce this fear. I know Your light overcomes the darkness. Heal me. Release in me an understanding of the authority I have over them.
What the Prophets Saw-Isa 60:1,2; Mal 4:1-3
DAY 7-Job's Vain Attempt to Maintain His Own Understanding
FATHER, I am ready to let go of the pride that makes me think I understand so much. My understanding is as nothing before You-or before men. I stand in need of the understanding that can only be born of Your Spirit. As I wait before You today, and as You hold me, enlighten me.
If God understands the secrets of the universe, we can trust Him with our lives.-Job 38:1-18
DAY 8-Job's First Positive Confession-Faith from within the Darkness of Understanding
GRACIOUS LORD, I worship You, even in the face of this continuing trial. I admit to my poverty of understanding in it. But I do not let go of my implicit trust in You. I rise up today to say, "Blessed be Your Name!"
How Job Frustrated Satan's Work by Giving Him No Credit for the Trial He Was Facing-Job 1:6-22
DAY 9-Job's Second Positive Confession-Even when Ridiculed by the One Closest to Him
LORD, it is difficult for me to receive this pain and grief from Your hand. But I know that only in this way can it become sanctified. Therefore I thank You for every painful and grievous thing that has come to me. Sanctify it and make it holy in my life for Your Kingdom's sake.
The Sanctification of Trouble-II Cor 1:3-6; Ps 27:5-10
DAY 10-Job's Third Confession-with a Resignation of Despair that He Had no Mediator
FATHER, I no longer argue with You over the control of my life. I give it into Your hands-even these things I cannot understand, or control. But, I do approach You with confident freedom because of the Mediator Who has come in my behalf. Thank You for receiving me into Your bosom because of Him. My affliction is now endurable.
The Daysman Who Has Come-Heb 8:1-6; 9:11-15
DAY 11-Job's Fourth Confession-One of Utter Trust Even in the Darkness
LORD, I have come to the place of trust in You. Even if my close friends do not understand, I am ready to maintain my stand. I am confident You are my Salvation and Your faithfulness to me will continue to be manifest even though it is not yet apparent. I trust Your love-and I wait.
Time Now for the Shepherd's Psalm-Ps 23
DAY 12-Job's Fifth Confession-Revealing a Growth in Confidence
FATHER, thank you for my human friends who have helped me through so many times of darkness. But now, my eyes are on You alone. I reach through the darkness and touch Your loving grace and tender care that is more healing than any human hand. Oh, heal my mind today!
The Utter Confidence-Rom 8:31-39
DAY 13-Job's Sixth Confession-with Confidence about a Day when He Shall Be No Stranger
FATHER, what desire has laid hold on me, and what confidence! I know I have a Redeemer Who lives and Who will stand in triumph on this earth. I shall see Him and be no stranger to Him! My innermost parts long for this day. My understanding is increasing. Do all You will do in me to make me whole for my Redeemer's appearing.
The Joyful Expectation of His Appearing- II Tim 4:6-8; I Pet 1:3-12
DAY 14-Job's Seventh Confession-with Understanding that there Was Purpose in the Affliction
POWERFUL LORD, what purpose has been in the darkness! What grace You have been working in me! I praise You for every step I am forced to take in a path where only You know the way. Thank You for holding me steady on the days I cannot see clearly-like today.
Purpose out of Affliction-Job 23:11-17; Ps 119:71
DAY 15-God's Merciful Search for All Who Desire to Understand His Ways
FATHER, I once was a fool. I walked in my own way and scorned those who sought Your face. I'm sorry for all I did in the darkness. I confess: some of it still tries to return. Now I am ready for the release of Your mercy to purge me from all that remains of inner darkness.
Jesus' Parable on Understanding-Matt 13:3-9, 18-23
DAY 16-God's Wonderful Offer to Guide Us
LORD, I know I can trust You. You've proved it over and over. But I am weak in the area of always trusting. I sometimes falter over little things. Release Your mercy upon me and teach me in what I am facing today that there is no trial too small-or to large-for Your concern.
Yielding to God's Tender Forgiveness -Ps 32:1-11
DAY 17-The Understanding Born of Obedience
LORD, I confess that some of my lack of understanding came because of my own disobedience. My fear of You has been imperfect. Be merciful to me and bring me clearly into the path that You have ordained for me. Even in my weakness, I trust You for any change You will bring.
In his Epistle to the Romans Paul placed great emphasis on obedience.-Rom 1:5; 5:19; 6:16; 16:19,26
DAY 18-A Cry for Understanding to Keep God's Way
FATHER, I want to walk in the way You have ordained for Your children to walk. Sometimes confusion comes to me. Give me understanding so I can know, day by day, what is right in Your eyes. Govern me by Your Spirit.
The Value of Understanding God's Way-Pro 2:1-11
DAY 19-A Cry for Understanding to Keep God's Way
LORD, I renounce my undue quest for, and worry about, money. I renounce sensual things that try to hold me. I am ready to desire You and Your ways more than earthly things. Give me understanding that I may learn what has value for Your Kingdom, and seek that only.
The Value of Putting the Kingdom First-Mt 6:25-34
DAY 20-A Prayer of God's Servant for Understanding
FATHER, even if I must suffer in my learning, I am ready for this. I confess I have wanted to learn by easier ways. But the lessons I learned haven't always remained with me. Give me understanding of Your testimonies so I can discern the way You have marked out for me.
A Psalm about Learning God's Ways-Ps 77
DAY 21-A Cry for Understanding from God's Word
O, LORD, this is my cry, also. I love Your Word. Give me understanding according to its ways and values. Let a spirit of revelation come upon me so Your truth and light might burst into all the ways of my living. Let it be translated into my life so I can become a living epistle.
The Manifestation of the Word in Our Hearts-II Cor 3:2-8
DAY 22-Receiving an Understanding from Eternity
FATHER, by Your mercy You brought us Your everlasting Kingdom. You are teaching us to embrace truth and understanding that belongs to that Kingdom. Set me free from the strongholds of the temporal things that still surround me. Give me understanding in the light of Your eternal Kingdom. By faith I embrace it.
Entering into That Which is Eternal- Matt 19:16-22; Is 57:15
DAY 23-Receiving Mercy from God Whose Understanding is Infinite
FATHER, I'm thankful You hold and cherish what is broken. It seems it has more eternal value to You than what has never been broken. This gives me hope for my life. It's been broken so much that it holds less and less value on the temporal plane. Thank You for healing me.
How God Values His Broken Ones- Ps 34:18; Ps 51:17; Ps 145:17-21
DAY 24-A Call to the Simple to Understand
LORD, even though my life is complicated and difficult, I am willing to stay before You as a simple one. I trust Your mercy as well as Your might. I present all my complexities to You. I am ready to cast my care aside and cling. While I can't understand all things, I know You do.
Yet to Remain Simple in Our Faith- Rom 16:19; II Cor 1:12; II Cor 11:3
DAY 25-A Call to Understand the Time of the End
FATHER, there are matters regarding the time of the end that none of us can understand. Yet, how we need understanding! Open our eyes. Purge our hearts with the fire of Your Spirit so we can receive the understanding we need for the days of peril that seem so close upon us.
The Understanding that Came to Daniel -Dan 8:18-25
DAY 26-How the Scriptures Increase Understanding with a Call to Repentance
GREAT GOD OF THE AGES, You alone understand what we need for the days upon us. We are ready to trust the wisdom and might of Your Word. Prepare our hearts with a call to repentance that we might receive and understand what You are doing and what You want for us.
How Daniel Prayed, a Guide for Us-Dan 9:3-20
DAY 27-How even Those with Understanding Will Go through Deep Trials
FATHER, even in the face of suffering and persecution, I desire the understanding that can be born in affliction. Bring me forward in understanding so I can be a praise to You in the most difficult of times.
The Final Days-Dan 11:30-36
DAY 28-God's Purpose in Making Us Wise
LORD, make me wise for the final days. Should I stand with You in the last time of trouble, I want to be pure. I want to be simple in my trust. I want to be clean in my understanding.
The Final Understanding-Dan 12:1-10
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