A Daily Prayer based on Ephesians 2 for 1/31/2015

Heavenly Father, I thank you, on behalf of ______________________ and myself, that even though we were dead in trespasses and sins, and were by nature objects of your wrath, you made us alive together with Christ. I thank you that because you are rich in mercy, you have saved us by grace even though we once followed the course of the world and the prince of the power of the air and carried out the desires of the flesh and the mind. I thank you for raising us up with Christ and seating us with him in the heavenly places because of the great love with which you have loved us. I claim your promise for us that in the coming ages you will show us the immeasurable riches of your grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. I pray that we will learn to rest in the security of knowing that it is by grace that we have been saved, and that even our faith is not our own doing but a gift from you. May we refuse to boast, knowing that it is not as a result of works that we have been saved. I pray that we fulfill every purpose you have for our lives, recognizing each day that we are your workmanship, and that we have been created in Christ Jesus for good works. I pray that we will walk in these works that you have prepared beforehand for us. Remind us that we cannot even take credit for the good works we do because they too are a gift of your grace. We pray for all in our community and nation who are now separated from Christ, and are without hope and without God in this world, that they will see that even though they are now far off they can be brought near by the blood of Christ. I pray that that you will reconcile us all to you in one body through the cross. I pray that through our common faith in you, Christ will break down every racial and religious dividing wall of hostility in his own flesh, and create in our land one new man in place of the two. May he become our peace and make us one. We freely confess that we are a divided nation and that racial tensions run high among us. We pray that we all as a people will come to see that in Christ the dividing wall of hostility has been have been broken down. We pray that as our nation returns to you, all racial hostility and division will be destroyed. We pray that by our common faith in Jesus Christ we can be formed into one new man and experience peace and harmony as a culture. Please come and visit us again with spiritual awakening. We pray that everyone in our land will come to see that we all together may have access to you in one Spirit and can become fellow citizens with all your saints and members of your household, a household built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. May Christ Jesus himself once again be the cornerstone of this land. I pray that we as a people, as one indivisible nation under God, may become a dwelling place for you by the Spirit, and be joined together and built together and grow into a holy temple in Christ. We pray these things through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Ephesians 2 Made Alive in Christ 1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. One in Christ 11Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called "uncircumcised" by those who call themselves "the circumcision" (that done in the body by the hands of men)-- 12remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. 14For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. 19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

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Never before in the history of our country has America faced a moral crisis like the one before us today. The foundations of our government are crumbling right before our eyes. Our churches are abandoning God, our families are in shambles. There is only one hope for restoration - the Lord Jesus Christ. If we are to see restoration, it will come only by the grace of God's mercy. We have the assurance of Scripture that "if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us" (1 John 5:14). There is no better way to pray according to the will of God than by praying his own word back to him. These daily prayers are crafted, as much as possible, to incorporate the very words of the Scripture.

About Bryan Fischer

 Bryan Fischer pastored for 25 years and served as the chaplain of the Idaho state senate before becoming a part of the AFA family.