I pray … also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know … his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead… — Ephesians 1:17-20

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

I still don’t understand resurrection. I get the concept. I believe God did raise Jesus. Every once in a while, I experience that power through the Spirit’s work in my life strengthening me for ministry, helping me love others in tough situations, comforting me when I’m broken, giving me insight when I study the Word, and strengthening me in the face of temptation. I am humbled, thrilled, and left longing for more. I want others I love to experience this awesome power. I’m sure it’s the same with you. So let’s join together today, thousands of us all around world, and let’s pray for God to empower those closest to us to discover his power and to do great things through his Spirit who lives in them.

My Prayer…

Loving God, Almighty Father, please empower me today to live for you in glorious and wonderful ways. But Father, I don’t just pray that I may do this, please empower those that I love to live for you. (Add the specific names of folks you want God to bless in this way.) May we all know that the power in us tore away the bars of death that held Jesus captive. May we experience this transforming power and use it to your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@verseoftheday.com.

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