In our reading from Ephesians this morning Paul prays an extremely powerful prayer over their community. It has been a source of great comfort and strength for me personally. So, I offer it here below for each of us to use in the week ahead. For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. As God’s own family we need to reclaim the power of prayer. Coming boldly to the throne-room of grace, in fervent expectation that God not only hears but is able to respond to the prayer of faith. As believers, our greatest gift to a broken and wounded world is to allow the power of prayer to shape us and empower us for where God seeks to use us. As believers, we are called to allow prayer to reconnect us with the love of Jesus Christ, so that grounded and rooted in that love we are able to be a blessing to those around us. Allowing us to give thanks in ALL situations, knowing that this is what God seeks for us. May this prayer shape and guide each of us in the weeks ahead.
Pray for me, I am praying for you..

Reverend Anastasia Huntley

25 July 2021