OYB September 24

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Isaiah 43:14-28, Isaiah 44, Isaiah 45:1-10
NT: Ephesians 3
Ps: Psalm 68:1-18
Pr: Proverbs 24:1-2

Today´s notable verse:

16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV)

Some of the most powerful prayers in the Bible are found in Paul's epistles. This one, and one we will get to in a few days, are two of my favorites. This prayer always reminds me of a man whom I consider to have been a pillar of faith in my life: Ken Ellis, founder and director of Adventures In Missions, a short-term, youth mission organization. Ken lost a battle with cancer while I was in college, and is now with Christ in glory, but whenever I read this passage I think of him. During training camp for the mission teams, Ken would often preach passionately from this passage, striving to instill in each young missionary the desire to know Christ - through the Word and through prayer - so intimately as to fulfill this prayer for their lives. Aside from my own parents, Ken probably had more impact on my spiritual development and maturity than anyone. I thank God for the time I had Ken in my life, and for the mighty way in which God used him in my life, and in the lives of so many young people.

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