Prayers for October 11-17
Wake Up From Your Slumber (Ephesians 5)
Monday, October 11
Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. Ephesians 5:1-2
God of love, help me to keep my eyes on you. I want to learn from you how to love with extravagance and abandon. My normal way is to hold back my heart, to protect my resources and to hold my emotions in check. I want a new “normal.” I want to learn a life of love Amen.
Tuesday, October 12
Don't allow love to turn into lust, setting off a downhill slide into sexual promiscuity, filthy practices, or bullying greed. Though some tongues just love the taste of gossip, Christians have better uses for language than that. Don't talk dirty or silly. That kind of talk doesn't fit our style. Thanksgiving is our dialect. Ephesians 5:3-4
God of goodness, my tongue can get me into trouble. Help me to be the person who stops gossip and who builds people up with words of love. Inspire me to give thanks with every breath and to be a person of peace in every conversation today. Amen..
Wednesday, October 13
You can be sure that using people or religion or things just for what you can get out of them--the usual variations on idolatry--will get you nowhere, and certainly nowhere near the kingdom of Christ, the kingdom of God. Don't let yourselves get taken in by religious smooth talk. God gets furious with people who are full of religious sales talk but want nothing to do with him. Don't even hang around people like that. You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You're out in the open now. Ephesians 5:5-8a
God of truth, I’ve been on both sides of idolatry – taken in by it and pushing it on others. Help me to comprehend the truth – that you are the one true God, capable of changing my life. Help me to turn my focus away from religion gone bad and put it on firmly on you. I want to be out in the open with my love for you. Amen.
Thursday, October 14
The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! The good, the right, the true--these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it. Don't waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. It's a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ. Ephesians 5:8b-13
God of light, guide me today to things that are good, right and true. Amen.
Friday, October 15
Wake up from your sleep,
Climb out of your coffins;
Christ will show you the light! So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! Don't live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants.
God of life, wake me up to the possibilities that you provide today. Help me to step into the day with both my head and my heart. Give me the insight to understand what you want from me today and the courage to do it. You are awesome. Amen.
Saturday, October 16
Don't drink too much wine. That cheapens your life. Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of him. Sing hymns instead of drinking songs! Sing songs from your heart to Christ. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:18-20
Holy God, I will forever and always praise you. Your fingerprints are all over this day. Help me to worship you in every moment. Help me to sing praises over everything. Amen.
Sunday, October 17
Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another. Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands.
Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church--a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ's love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They're really doing themselves a favor--since they're already "one" in marriage. No one abuses his own body, does he? No, he feeds and pampers it. That's how Christ treats us, the church, since we are part of his body. And this is why a man leaves father and mother and cherishes his wife. No longer two, they become "one flesh." This is a huge mystery, and I don't pretend to understand it all. What is clearest to me is the way Christ treats the church. And this provides a good picture of how each husband is to treat his wife, loving himself in loving her, and how each wife is to honor her husband. Ephesians 5:21-33
Lord of all, inspire me to love those closest to me with the love you have shown me – an extravagant, unending, unconditional offering that changes everything it comes into contact with. I want to be your ambassador of sacrificial love. Here I am – send me! Amen.
Ephesians passages taken from The Message (The Bible in Contemporary Language) by Eugene Peterson.