I started this week’s devotional with the thought that I would give you a new year’s prayer. I started working on one. As I didn’t seem to be particularly creative (probably as a result of my turkey hangover) I thought then that I would take a Biblical prayer and rewrite it in my own words. But here is where I ended up: taking Paul’s famous prayer from Ephesians 3 and giving it poetic phrasing. I have been moved and inspired by this very simple process, taking the ancient words and repeating them once more -- noticing everything that is there. I give it to you as a new year’s prayer.
Saint Paul’s Prayer (Ephesians 3:14-21, New Living Translation)
I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.
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.
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.
Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
On behalf of all of us at Westside King’s Church, have a blessed new year!
We hope to see you this Sunday as we begin a new series we are calling Synchronize: reconnecting with the core teachings of Jesus. As always, the time is 9:29 or 11:11, and as always, the coffee is hot.