"The basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can't see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse." Romans 1:19-20
Prayer:Loving God, help us to learn about you from the wisdom of the Bible. As we read, give us not just understanding but the will to embody your truth. Amen.
But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.
He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.
Prayer: Holy God, there is no way I can adequately thank you for sacrificing so much to forgive me. May I this day be more like you, to share more of kindness and grace with those around me. Amen.
Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.
Prayer: Dear Lord, once we were dead but now have eternal life because of the sacrifice of your son Jesus. May we use this new life to do battle with the powers of the unseen, dark world. Amen.
So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:15-20 Prayer: Redeemer, we depend on your grace to overcome the world’s temptations. Empower us, we pray, to live pure and righteous lives that honor the holy name we bear. Amen.
God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.
Prayer: Immortal, invisible God, your work is awe-inspiring. We look at the heavens, which you have made, at the moon and the stars, which you set in their places, and wonder, “What is mere man that you care for him?” Help us through faith to comprehend your grand plan for creation and our role in it. Amen.
Retired U.S. Navy after 20 years, 8 of which were with the Marine Corps. Living on a Lake in central Minnesota and enjoying all the wonders of nature and always looking for that perfect bird or nature picture.