Ephesians 5:15-20 Giving thanks to God at all times

Ephesians 5:15-20

15Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, 16making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, 19as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, 20giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • As you breathe, consider your day yesterday.
  • Which parts of the day were filled with God’s wisdom?
  • Which parts of the day did you control?
  • What do you need to let go for the entire day to be filled with God’s wisdom?
  • Consider the day ahead of you today.
  • Where do you need help letting go of control so that God’s wisdom will shine through?
  • Invite the Holy Spirit into these places.
  • Invoke the Holy Spirit before you speak and act.
  • Listen for God’s wisdom to shine through.
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, August 19, 2012, the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14
Psalm 111:1-10
Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:35, 51-58

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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