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Pray Big: Whose Heart?

by in Soul Food

". . . so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love . . ." (Ephesians 3:17)

Yes, today's verse is basically a couple of sentence fragments -- but both fragments contain huge ideas to pray about.

The first has to do with what we need God's power for: to keep Christ "dwelling" in our hearts. Don't panic: This is not talking about keeping our salvation; Paul teaches over and over again that God doesn't "lose" His children.

Paul's prayer here has to do with asking God to give his readers the power to keep Christ the first priority in their lives -- making Him "at home" in the very center of their hearts.

The second idea is this: While Christ lives in our hearts, we live -- like plants in dirt with a deep, established root system -- in God's love. Tomorrow we'll see why we need those deep roots in His love.

Think: How have you been doing at demonstrating your trust in God by keeping Christ the first priority in your life, making your heart His home? Do you need more of God's power to be able to do that? Do you believe God can give you the power to do that?

Pray: Ask God to strengthen you with His power so Christ may dwell in your heart through faith.

Do: If your parent or parents are Christians, ask them sometime what kinds of things they pray for you -- and what they might like you to pray for them.

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