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Missing the Gift for the Giftwrap

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"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints." - Ephesians 1:18

If you've ever seen a toddler open a gift, you'd know that sometimes the actual gift is missed for the wrapping. They will ferociously open the gift only to be distracted by the wrapping paper, tissue paper, and the bright colored bag. All the while, the gift giver tries to show the toddler the actual gift that they've been given! Paul here is praying that the Ephesians wouldn't miss the gift for the outer wrappings. It is possible to be so consumed with God's stuff that we miss God altogether. Through Christian activity, church events, Christian books, music, and brightly colored fluff we can actually miss God and His incredible calling on our lives! As we connect together as brothers and sisters in Christ, we must help each other to not get caught up in all of the giftwrap that comes with following Jesus but pray for one another that our hearts would hold fast to Christ and His calling!

Do you regularly speak into another's life and encourage their walk with the Lord? Do you have someone who is regularly keeping you accountable as you follow Jesus?

Praying for Each Other

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"Brethren, pray for us." - 1 Thessalonians 5:25

Sometimes, if we're honest, "Christianese" creeps into our everyday lives. What is Christianese? Christianese is slang for the certain way Christians tend to talk. There is almost a different language when you spend time in Christian circles. "Pray for me" is one of the phrases that gets thrown around flippantly in the church but is something that we should take very seriously. The reason we should take this phrase seriously is because the Bible takes prayer very seriously. We understand from the Bible that God, in His sovereignty, has chosen to limit His activity to the prayers of His people. So this is a massive privilege we have as believers. When we say, as Paul did here to the Thessalonians, "pray for us" or "pray for me," we are inviting people to join in on God's sovereign rule and reign over the universe! What a weighty and glorious responsibility! May we not flippantly throw this phrase around, but may we fervently ask for prayer from and join in prayer for our brothers and sisters!

Do you invite your brothers and sisters in Christ to join in God's sovereign work by asking for prayer? When you tell people you are praying for them, do you actually do it?

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