Ephesians 1: 16-19 we see the apostle Paul offers a prayer for the Ephesians.
I pray for you constantly,17 asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your
knowledge of God.18 I pray that your
hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope
he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious
19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s
power for us who believe him.
first praises their strong faith and their love for God’s people everywhere.
Then he prays for their spiritual wisdom and insight so that they might grow in
their knowledge of God. Next he prays for their hearts to be flooded with light
so that they could understand the confident hope that God has given them.
Finally he prays that they would know God’s great power. Paul reminds the
Ephesians that the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead was
available to them.
God’s power was available to the Ephesians, isn’t it available to us today? Of
course, it is. We don’t always call on his mighty power to help us to overcome
our life challenges. The God that Paul describes is the same God we worship
today. He is far above “any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything
else.” God can do powerful things through us. Why don’t we ask him to help us
do the hard things? Why don’t we consistently invoke his power when we need to
make tough choices?
his prayer Paul prays for the Ephesiansto know God better. Paul
knew that if the these believers got to know God better, they would grow, have
more hope and would trust God’s power in their lives. Perhaps if we know God
better we will trust him with both our little and big issues. How do we get to
know people better? We spend time with them. We talk to them. We read about
them. We can know God better by doing these same things.
Paul’s prayer of
blessing for the Ephesians serves as an inspiration for us. What an honor it
would be for someone to pray for me to have spiritual insight, to be flooded
with God’s light, and to understand the greatness of God’s power.
I recently asked
one of my Bible study classes to use this to pray for each other. Each woman
prayed for another woman for a week. I revised the prayer to make it personal. The
results were heartwarming. Women felt honored and blessed to be prayed for, but
the women all agreed that the greatest blessing was found in praying for a
sister in Christ, lifting her up and believing that God was doing a great work
in that sister’s life.
this prayer over those in your life who could use some encouragement.
·I pray for you constantly,asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give
you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of
·I pray that your heart will
be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has
given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious
·I also pray that you will
understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him.
2nd Highest Card Sending
greeting card association estimates that approximately one billion Valentine's
are sent annually world-wide, making it the second highest card sending
holiday, behind Christmas.
Meaning of the Word Valentine. The name Valentine comes from
the Latin word valor, meaning worthy.
Name for Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day was named for
two men, both Christian martyrs named Valentine who were associated with
romantic love in the middle ages.
Official Holiday. St. Valentine's Day was
declared an official holiday in 1537 when England's King Henry VIII
declared it for the first time.
Unmarried Valentine's. In the Middle Ages, people
believed that the first unmarried person of the opposite sex that they met
on the morning of Valentine's Day was the person they were destined to
Valentine Celtic Wooden Spoons.
The ancient Celtic tradition of
giving hand carved wooden love spoons as Valentine's gifts began in Wales.
Often, hearts, keys, and keyholes, symbolizing that the receiver unlocked
the giver's heart, were carved as decoration on the spoon.
Valentine Love Messages. Elaborate handmade love
messages, cards and gifts for Valentine's Day became popular during the
Women Card Buyers. The greeting card association
estimates that 85% of all Valentine cards are purchased by women.
I love Valentine's Day and enjoy telling my loved ones how much they mean to me. Our family celebrates this holiday on the Sunday before Valentine's Day each year. We call it a "Love Feast." We exchange cards or small tokens of love and enjoy a delicious meal at the dining room table that's all decorated in red and white.
The greatest love we all have is from the creator of love, our Heavenly Father. God IS love. He gave us the best symbol of love when he sent his son to earth to live as a man and then die for our eternal salvation. Jesus' entire ministry on earth was devoted to acts of love and his greatest desire for us is to love Him and to love each other. Someone cleverly created this special Valentine message.