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Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20,21)

Father,

I give you all glory and praise! My heart and soul celebrate your power!

You are able. Lord, let those three words permeate my deepest being:  You. Are. Able. You are able and capable, yes. But, as a man once asked you, “Are you willing?” You answered unequivocally, “Yes!” Yes, you are willing and able where my needs are concerned!

As I present to you my cares and concerns, you will know that some of them are heavy on my heart. All of them are important to You, for your Word encourages me that the details of my life are dear to you.

Your ability to come to my aid is due to the mighty power working in me. So, Lord, work in me! Yes! I invite you with your power to work deeply, and through that mighty power at work in my spirit, get things done! With your power I will finish the tasks you have ordained for me to do since the beginning of time.

Father, please clarify those objectives! I so often zig zag through life, flitting here and there, and not always streamlining my priorities prayerfully. This is my prayer:  show me what to do; prioritize my moments, my goals, my world, my stuff, and my life. This way I can accomplish infinitely, unimaginably more than I would on my own. But I am not on my own! Hallelujah, I am Yours!

So I close this prayer the way I started:  I give you all glory! And all praise!

In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (Ephesians 3:18,19 NLT)

Father, I ask you for the capacity to grasp the depths of your great love for me. Help me wrap my mind around how you not only forgive and cleanse me from sin, but you take it so far out of my reach, not to mention out of your thought and memory. How could you be so good to me, Lord? Please expand my ability to experience your love, though it’s impossible to do so from a human point of view. This will make me a whole person, Jesus! That is what I long for! That is what you died to make me. Bring it on, dear Lord. In Jesus Name, Amen.

As we continue praying the prayers of the Bible over our lives and loved ones, today we will focus on Paul’s prayer found in Ephesians 3:14-17.

When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.

Father, when I think of all you have done and of all the blessings you have placed in my hands through Jesus, I drop everything I’m doing and fall at your feet to say thank you. Thank you for being my Father, my provider, my identity-giver, my confidence and my strength. I praise you, Mighty Creator, for displaying your glory throughout the beautiful universe you created.

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.

Thank you, Lord, for your abundant supply of everything I need. I appreciate the strength you give me in my Spirit as I lean into you for wisdom and understanding, counsel, might, knowledge and the fear of the Lord. Empower me from within to be the person you would have me be and to do the things you would have me do.

Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.

Jesus, I welcome you into my heart; may it be your home. Enter into every aspect of my life and dwell in me; reign in me. This will give me knowledge of the love of God, for you are the exact representation of His love. Your love, Lord, is the source of my strength, my ability to withstand in faith all that may come my way. Amen.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
Psalm 100:4-5 NLT

Holidays are meant to be joyful. Our expectations tend toward picture-perfect, Facebook-worthy moments. The reality behind all the fluffed-up posts is often a lack-luster day, yielding strife and complaining instead of love and blessing.

How can we navigate the holidays joyfully when we are facing many challenges? Let’s look to the Word of God and set our sights on our blessings. Think through the past year and take inventory of God’s kindness to you; write down specific encounters with God’s faithfulness as they come to mind, big and small. Don’t look at the disasters and painful moments except for how the Lord sustained you through them. Then enter his gates with specific thanks.

Father,

When I look at your blessings, I stand amazed. You have sustained me through trial after trial. You have given me joy in spite of difficulties. Your Word has become more meaningful to me, as it has become the guiding force of my life. My faith has been strengthened through tests, and, Jesus, you have become my most intimate friend, my constant companion, and the lover of my soul.

As this year ebbs away, may my heart make even more room for your grace and glory. May I cherish you more each day, being careful to walk in love as you have commanded me to do, always choosing the path of forgiveness, always guarding my tongue, continually restraining my mind from thoughts that are unlovely, and choosing praise when my flesh prefers to just be “real” – real negative. Thank you for forgiving me when I miss the mark. Keep my gaze fixed on your faithful love that never fails but endures everything. 

Amen.

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