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Thanksgiving and Prayer – Eph 1:15-23 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:48


Gratitude at its deepest level embraces all of life with thanksgiving:

the good and the bad, the joyful and the painful, the holy and the not so holy.

Jesus calls us to recognize that gladness and sadness are never separate,

that joy and sorrow really belong together,

and that mourning and dancing are part of the same movement.

Gratitude is the discipline in which I constantly reclaim my whole past

as the concrete way God has led me to this moment

and is sending me into the future.

(Henri Nouwen, Spiritual Formation)



Last Sunday, we came across a very appropriate passage for Thanksgiving Sunday - Ephesians 1:15-23. After Paul listed the many spiritual blessings that we have in Christ (Eph 1:1-14), he then bursted into thanksgiving to God for the believers in Ephesus. Even though Paul was imprisoned in Rome when he wrote Ephesians, he found joy and thanksgiving in the lives of those whom he had the opportunity to mentor and disciple.


Paul was thankful for their strong robust faith in the Lord and for their love for God’s people everywhere. Then Paul naturally prayed for them. He prayed that God would grant them wisdom and revelation so that they will know Christ even more. He also prayed that the church would experience the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. For God has placed Jesus Christ at His right hand, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion (which Paul will expand in Eph 6), and appointed Christ to be the head of the church, the body of Christ.


When you reflect on this passage, who comes to mind that you are thankful for? How might Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian church serve as a guide for you to pray for those whom God has brought to your mind?


Peace and Grace, John

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