Ephesians 1: 15 – 20
15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.
To have “the eyes of our hearts enlightened’ means:
The heart is the very centre of our existence.
Paul wants us to really see what we have. We have all spiritual blessings in Christ. That is, we have been put together with Christ; we have been adopted into God’s family; we have been redeemed; rescued by his death. He has lavished on us his grace. He has made known to us his great plan of salvation. This is all mentioned in verses 1 to 10.
You can say: The Gospel has brought great blessing to me.
So may the eyes of our hearts be enlightened.
May we really grasp how blessed we are in Christ.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Oh Lord, please help me to grasp what I have in Christ so that I may truly know the hope I have. Oh Lord, please open the eyes of my heart.
Thank you for what you have given me in Christ. With this in mind, give me the strength to live each day with gratitude and appreciation. Amen.
PRAYERS FOR WEDNESDAY MORNING:
This week we focus on those who are struggling, settling and the new amongst us:
David Campbell: Give thanks that he is at home, and surgery not needed at the moment. Pray that if surgery is needed that a less evasive route would be possible.
Paul: A friend of Rory’s whose health is deteriorating
Elsbeth Signer: For continued recovery
Jan Erasmus: For continued strength, pray for Maria as well especially as she is needing surgery on her knee
Verity Cowden: For continued recovery
Julian and Catherine Dube: For employment and continue to remember Dhana
Frank Winder: Recovering from knee surgery
Peggy and the Wright family: After the death of Roley
The Nicolaidis family: As they move to Toronto
For the Banda family: We thank God for their arrival here at CCB and pray as they settle into the Buzz and pace of Jozi.
Continue to remember all those whose names are on the back of the bulletin.
We give thanks to the many new faces at church, and pray we would continue to attract new people from all walks of life, all nations, cultures and language groups.