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Jesus gives us the "Lord's Prayer" as a guide for us to learn simplicity in prayer and trust and dependence on God.
Paul prayed for the Ephesians, that they would understand more fully and deeply God's plan and God's actions on their behalf. This included a knowledge of God's massive power which is for the people of his possession.
What would be different about your prayers if you began praying for others this way?
Paul shows how darkness and light are opposites--and then teaches us to live in the light, because that's where we already are! We live in the light by putting on our faith, remaining rooted in the gospel, and encouraging one another.
Paul's charge to the church is that we have increasing love for each other and increasing holiness in our lives as we await the return of the Lord.
In 1 Thessalonians 2:17-20, Paul refers to the Thessalonian believers as his crown, his glory, and his boast for when Jesus returns. They are the product of his work.
As you think about investing in and mentoring others in discipleship, who is your crown, your boast?
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