SCRIPTURE READING: Ephesians 3:16-19
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
KEY VERSE: I pray . . . that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. — Ephesians 3:17-19
Daily Bread Devotional for Today 10th January 2023 MESSAGE
I was online with a group of women who have been my prayer partners for over 20 years. Weekly we meet on Zoom and bring each other up to speed on concerns and needs to be prayed for.
I was writing these devotions at that time, so I asked, “What does ‘the fullness of God’ mean to you?” As we pondered this together, we wondered what would change in our lives if we actually began each day by reminding ourselves that all of God’s resources and love and power are ours, regardless of what might unfold in our day. Would our foundation grow stronger and deeper, and would we respond to our world differently? Would we fall in love with Jesus at a new level of understanding, appreciating what his death and resurrection accomplished?
One person responded that as she was preparing to lead a Bible study, she needed to think about what she wanted to say in a prayer. She said that as she asked God to give her the words, she immediately knew what she needed to say, and she began to write it down. She said that at that moment she was clearly aware of the presence of God through the Holy Spirit.
I wonder if when we become aware of the presence of God, we are beginning to enjoy the fullness of relationship.
PRAYER FOR TODAY: Dear God, when we pray to you, move us to invite you in and to ask that we can become more aware of your nearness to us. Fill us today with your Spirit. Amen.
About the author — Beth Fellinger
Beth Fellinger is the pastor of Destination Church in St. Thomas, Ontario. She and her husband have been involved in ministry in large urban centers and small rural communities. Beth has served in three church plants and a church rebirth as well as in established churches. She loves her children, their spouses, and grandchildren. She is a cancer survivor twice over and celebrates life every day. She believes strongly in the local church and what a church committed to Christ, missions, and its community can accomplish. She has an enthusiastic vision of how the church can reach out and share the good news of Jesus with others