Journey in the Word

Karen Ingrid Clark

Growing Through Prayer – Week Two – Day 4

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WK2D4Read Ephesians 3:14-16 ESV   SOAP Ephesians 3:14 -16

My Soul Longs for the Lord (Getty) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avFBQh0iWMI

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

O – I saw the “for this reason,” and looked back earlier in the chapter to see what the “reason” was.   Paul talks about the boldness and access with confidence that we have in Jesus – through our faith in Him.  The Amplified gives further reason –“ For this reason [grasping the greatness of this plan by which Jews and Gentiles are joined together in Christ] I bow my knees…” (v. 14 – AMP)   We can go the Father in prayer – that ACCORDING TO THE RICHES OF HIS GLORY – He will grant us strength – with His power – through His Spirit – within us.  To be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His spirit – indwelling in your innermost being and personality!  (AMP)  We have a source of strength and power – in Him!   Why don’t we access it??

A –  I keep seeing a theme in these verses on prayer in this study – that we have access to the Father – we are invited to come to Him – we have unlimited strength and power available to us through Him, through the riches of His glory.  Why don’t I do this all the time?   Why do I try to do things on my own strength – or without the strength available to me through Him?  Oh, that I would crave His presence – and go to Him readily.  Not for a “quick chat” , but for a long, heart-to-heart conversation.

P – Father God, today my prayer comes from a song I listened to – and echoed my heart’s cry…. “ My soul longs to walk closer with The Lord I serve.  More than riches, more than favor.  I delight in Your Word.  Turn my gaze from all that’s worthless, Set my heart on things above.  May my life tell Your goodness , Your way of truth and love.  Oh the wisdom of Christ, Word of God, word of life. “   (Getty)  Father, my soul does long to be close to You – to gain my every breath from You – to delight in You.  Father – set my heart on the things above, not the riches or stuff of this life.  May Your Word, and Your ways be the guiding compass of my life.  May I long for You as the deer longs for water.  May my soul thirst for You – to be nourished, strengthened, and empowered by Your riches in glory.

My soul longs for The Lord in a weary land
Wells are dry and I am empty,
Only dust in my hands.
How I yearn for streams of mercy
Where my soul can be restored
‘Come and drink’ Jesus calls me,
‘and you will thirst no more’
Oh the fullness of Christ
Word of God Word of life

Living Word you walked among us, our Emmanuel
And you spoke into the darkness
Broke the powers of hell
Grace and mercy flowed from Calv’ry
To the valley of our need
It is done, ‘It is finished’,
From every sin set free
Oh the victory of Christ
Word of God, Word of life

How often in the stillness have I heard your voice
Every whisper every promise calls my heart to rejoice
In the quiet of the morning, through the watches of the night
In the fire of my struggles,
There’s courage for the fight
Oh the power of Christ
Word of God, Word of life

My soul longs to walk closer with The Lord I serve
More than riches, more than favor
I delight in Your Word
Turn my gaze from all that’s worthless
Set my heart on things above
May my life tell Your goodness
Your way of truth and love
Oh the wisdom of Christ
Word of God, word of life

My soul longs for the day I will see your face
Hear Your shout of jubilation,
No more tears, death or pain
Every word at last accomplished
Heaven sings and earth replies
To our God be the glory let all creation cry
Praise and honor to Christ
Word of God Word of life

 

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