Father, the words Paul writes to the Ephesians become my prayer today:
Help me “live a life worthy of the calling I have received.” Help me understand the life You have called me to.
In dealing with others, help me be less self-centered and more God-centered in the way I treat people, make decisions, and respond to circumstances.
Every day let me ask: “Am I living the life You died to give me?”
Toward that end, help me be “humble and gentle.” Show me how to walk away from pride, arrogance, conceitedness, and that attitude of superiority that so easily entangles me.
Teach me to “be patient” and treat people with love. When I am frustrated, let me bring that to You so You can disarm it before it becomes anger and resentment.
Father, with so many people who call themselves by Your Name, there will be differences. Help me see past the differences that don’t matter in order to support the unifying beliefs that do make a difference.
Help me use the gifts You have given me, spiritual and otherwise, to build up Your body of believers, so that we all become a mature, complete body with You as the head.
Then I will no longer be “tossed back and forth by the waves, blown here and there by … the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.” Help me become so familiar with Your Word that I recognize the crafty, deceitful teachings of the world.
Bless me as I make time to read and study Your Word, Your love letter to me. Reveal its meaning and show me how to apply Your wisdom to my life.
Thank You Father, that Your Word is true. That it teaches. That it encourages. And guides. And comforts. And helps me grow more and more in step with You. Amen