Week 3: Saturday

Ephesians 3:16-17, 20
(excerpted; fresh translation)

I pray
that God will strengthen and empower you
through his Spirit within you;
that Christ will live in your hearts;
that you will be firmly rooted in love.

God’s power, working in us,
can accomplish far more than we realize.

Reflection:

I’m going to repeat Paul’s prayer as my own. Paul uses the plural “you,” so I won’t just be praying for myself. I need to decide who else to fill in the blank with. My family? My congregation? Other groups or communities with whom I collaborate in ministry?

I pray
that God will strengthen and empower
me and __________
through his Spirit within us.

I pray that Christ will live in our hearts.*
I pray that we will be firmly rooted in love.

I have faith, God,
that your power, working in us,
can accomplish far more than we realize.

In Christ’s name I pray.
Amen.

* How silently, how silently
the wondrous gift is given.
So God imparts
to human hearts
the blessings of his heaven.

No ear may hear his coming;
but in this world of sin,
where meek hearts will
receive him, still
the dear Christ enters in.

(“O Little Town of Bethlehem”)

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