Prayer: Dear God, Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians covers just about everything. We pray this for each other so we may know your love which surpasses all knowledge and be filled with the fullness of you. Amen
Reading: Ephesians 3: 14-21 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: “Have you been praying for me again?” I love to ask that question of a dear friend of mine. I really don’t need to ask as I know she does always. It is just that sometimes I can truly tell she is. Perhaps I shared with her a joy and in the days after I continued to thank God for blessings. Perhaps I shared with her a struggle and in the days after my heart felt a peace. Perhaps I shared with her something I was really not at all able to be prayerful and faithful about and yet in the days after my heart softened despite my cranky self.
We pray for each other all the time and sometimes in very specific ways for specific reasons. But a good “go to” prayer we can pray for all at all times would be Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians in Chapter 3. Without dwelling on urgent, detailed problems, Paul raises the sights of these Christians so they would understand the extent of God’s love and grace. This is especially good because God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine! (v. 20) --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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