Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Amandla - Ephesians 5:21-6:9

Father, you are a God who submits and serves.
May submission be my heart’s cry; and the desire for power be my enemy.
May I trust myself to others; may my honour not be my concern.
May I seek to serve rather than seek to rule.
May I give rather than take.
May I elevate others and humble myself.
May my status as loved and cherished by you define my identity rather than the alienation and anger of the world.
As we belong, united to each other; may we hold fast, united together.
May our obedience lead to blessing.
May service and sincerity be our goals.
As we become Christlike in all we do

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Ephesians 4:17-5:20 - The Strategy for Sin

Our futile minds seek to be like everyone else;
We were darkened, alienated, ignorant, hard-hearted, callous, greedy and impure.
But we have learned Christ!
May we put off our corrupt and deceitful desires.
May we be renewed in our minds putting on the new self, to be righteous and holy like you.
May we not grieve the Spirit but instead be filled by the Spirit as we replace
Lies with truth;
Anger with peace;
Theft with generosity;
Evil talk with encouragement;
Malice with kindness;
Anger with forgiveness;
Impurity with gratitude;
Darkness with light;
Foolishness with wisdom;
Drunkenness with praise.
And domination with submission.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Ephesians 4:1-16 - God’s Good Gifts

Father, may we live worthy of our calling.
United, humble, gentle, patient, filled with love.
May we be united in purpose,
United in worship,
United in trust,
As we unite in our devotion to you.
Thank you for giving us Word ministers;
And making us a part of your body.
May your people embrace ministry and service,
Build each other up,
Fight for unity,
Strive for knowledge,
Aim for maturity,
Speak the truth in love,
As we live for your glory alone.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Lived In and Loved Up

Our Father
We pray that your Spirit would empower us.
We pray that your Son would indwell us.
We pray that we might be rooted and cemented in love.
We pray that we might comprehend your love.
We pray that we might be filled up to the fullness of God.
We commit ourselves to you, knowing that you can change us more than we can ever ask or imagine.
To you be the glory for ever and ever.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Amazing God, Amazing Plan

You have included the gentiles;
Made us fellow heirs;
Members of and sharers in the promises of Christ Jesus.
You have shown us your wisdom and plan in the church,
According to your eternal purposes in Christ Jesus.
May we not lose heart over our suffering, the suffering of the church, and the suffering of your heralds.
May we believe in the church, love the church and live for your bride.
Ever thankful of your mercy to us in Christ

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Father's Day Prayer

Our loving heavenly father
You model real fatherhood
By your leadership,
Your service,
Your love,
Your commitment to truth,
Your holiness,
Your grace,
Your commitment,
Your suffering,
And your forgiveness.

We pray for the men of our world
To embrace fatherhood,
To grow in its challenges,
To be worth emulating,
Men, who live God-fearing lives.

May Christ be their all,
May God be their direction,
May grace be their example,
May loyalty be their medal,
And holiness shine from their words,
May they serve, and love, and lead as does Christ our Lord for us,
Dying to themselves that others may truly live.

Included - Ephesians 2:11-22

Father of peace,
You have created reconciliation,
And given us access.
You have broken the dividing wall of hostility,
You have abolished the law and commandments;
So that we who were
Uncircumcised, separated, alienated, strangers, without hope and without God,
Might be reconciled,
Given access,
Made citizens,
And members of your household.
Built into the growing structure,
To be your dwelling place,
By the blood of Christ.
We worship you for our inclusion.