Daily Reading and Prayer – Tuesday October 20

Paul is in prison. The church in Ephesus, which he had laboured to build over a period of several years, until he was banished from the city, is very much on his mind. Like a parent concerned about a child who has left home to make their way in the world, Paul writes these reminders of where they have come from, and the foundation of their faith. They are words worthy to engrave on our own hearts, and on the walls of our churches.

Ephesians 4:1-5

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Prayer:

GOD, YOU ARE FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT. You are the Blessed Trinity. Your goodness, beauty and love surround me. I praise You for who You are.  I praise You for what You do.  I praise You for all You have given me. With all my strength, I offer You the gift of praise. You give me life. You created me in Your image and likeness.  You give me the ability of rational thought like You.  You give me the ability to love like You.  You give me a deep longing for relationships with those around me and ultimately with You. You infuse faith, hope and love within me. You plant your gifts in my soul: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, fear of the Lord.  You cultivate these gifts.  You foster them and help them grow. You bring me to live in grace, in the Spirit.  You live within me. With all my strength, I offer You the gift of praise. Amen.