General Supervisor Wendy Nolasco offers today’s encouragement for 21 Days of Prayer + Fasting with a word on Wisdom + Maturity.

Today’s Scripture

“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Ephesians 3:14-21 (NKJV)

Reflect on the Word

At its foundation, Paul is desperate for one thing: that every part of God would come to live in every part of us, to be totally filled up by God’s presence without friction or empty space. This makes the first line imperative: “I bow my knees to the Father.” The way to be filled with God is to be emptied of self. The way to receive His strength is to lay down our own. The more we daily surrender our lives, the more fully we come to experience His.

Prayer + Contemplation

  1. Reread and reflect on each phrase from this prayer found in Ephesians. Which ones is God highlighting for further contemplation?
  2. What do you need to lay down today to receive the fullness of God? If you’re able to, kneel or lie down as you pray in a
    posture of humility.
  3. Pray for the Holy Spirit to reveal what parts of your life you are holding onto and then trade them in to receive the fullness of God’s love there.

Family Moment: Speak a blessing

Read Ephesians 3:14-21. What stands out to you in these verses? Take turns praying a blessing over each family member by name: “May God strengthen [name] with power through His Holy Spirit in your inner being. We pray that you will have the power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep the love of Jesus is for you. May you be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God and know that He is able to do more than we can ask or imagine. Amen.”

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