TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8
16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
Ephesians 3:16-17 (NLT)
PAUL’S KEYS FOR PRAYING FOR GOD’S POWER: COMMUNICATE INTIMATELY
A large company extracts contaminating substances from steel drums by suction. Powerful pumps draw the materials out of the barrels, but the workers must carefully regulate the force of these pumps. If they take out too much air, the drums will collapse like paper cups because the outer pressure will exceed the inner pressure.
Likewise, when adversity and hardship come into our lives, unless God empowers us from within, we will be unable to withstand the pressures from without. True, we get solid support from loved ones and Christian friends, but it is our spiritual inner man, “strengthened with might through His Spirit,” that sustains us and keeps us from crumbling. (David C. Egner, Our Daily Bread)
Paul’s prayer for us is to be strengthened on the inside. He knew we would face pressure from the outside. He also prayed that Jesus would be at home in your heart. Do you think Jesus would feel welcomed in your physical home? Do you think Jesus feels welcomed in your heart? There is greater power in our prayers when we have intimacy with Christ.
Pray that Jesus would feel at home in your heart and in your physical home. Pray God would grow your intimacy with Him.