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Abby’s Prayer

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June 9, 2019

Abby’s Prayer

Read: Ephesians 6:16-20

I urge . . . that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all
people.—1 Timothy 2:1

When Abby was a sophomore in high school, she and her mom heard a news story about a
young man who’d been critically injured in a plane accident—an accident that took
the lives of his father and stepmother. Although they didn’t know this person,
Abby’s mom said, “We just need to pray for him and his family.” And they did.

Fast forward a few years, and one day Abby walked into a class at her university. A
student offered her the seat next to him. That student was Austin Hatch, the plane
crash victim Abby had prayed for. Soon they were dating, and in 2018 they were
married.

“It’s crazy to think that I was praying for my future husband,” Abby said in an
interview shortly before they were married. It can be easy to limit our prayers to
our own personal needs and for those closest to us, without taking the time to pray
for others. However, Paul, writing to the Christians at Ephesus, told them to “pray
in the Spirit on all occasions with all kind of prayers and requests. With this in
mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Ephesians
6:18). And 1 Timothy 2:1 tells us to pray “for all people,” including those in
authority.

Let’s pray for others—even people we don’t know. It’s one of the ways we can “carry
each other’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2). —Dave Branon

Jesus, open my heart to the needs of people around me—even those I don’t know. Take
my heartfelt concern and intervene for them as only You can.

The Bible In One Year: 2 Chronicles 32-33 & John 18:19-40

Insights:
Unlike many of Paul’s letters, Ephesians isn’t directed at any particular heresy.
Instead, the letter emphasizes Paul’s longing for the Ephesian believers to grasp
the high calling God has for the church (1:18-23; 3:16-19). Through their union with
Christ through the Spirit, believers experience reconciliation with God and each
other (2:14-19), a miraculous unity that foreshadows the unity God is bringing “to
all things in heaven and on earth under Christ” (1:10; see 4:13).
But being faithful to this radically countercultural calling does not come
naturally, so Paul repeatedly urges believers to deepen their roots in Christ’s love
(3:16-19) so they can resist the destructive lifestyles around them (6:17-19). To
truly witness God’s reign, the church, with the courage and discipline of soldiers,
must cultivate practices of justice, peacemaking, and an unwavering commitment to
the truth through the power of Christ’s Spirit (6:10-18). Monica Brands

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