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I praise you, Father, that you have made us gentiles to be fellow heirs with your people, and fellow members of the body of Christ, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus.  You have given us fellowship through the good news of your Son’s death and resurrection.

Father, let all the aspects of your wisdom be declared and put on display to rulers and authorities in heavenly places through your church that is here on earth.  Let the captivating diamond-beauty of your wisdom shine through your rough-cut church as you finish your work in us.

I praise you, Father, for your eternal purpose carried out in your Son.  He has become a doorway through which we have bold and confident access to you at every moment, wherever we find ourselves on this earth.

Because of him I ask, Father, that we will not lose heart in the midst of tribulations, but that you will be glorified even in difficulties.  I ask that tribulations will not cause discouragement to grow in us but that they will instead serve your Christ-forming purpose in us, producing a vital and persevering faith.

It is for this reason that I pray, Father, remembering that you are the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.

Grant, Father, that we will be strengthened with power through your Spirit in our inner being, according to the riches of your glory so that we will have a growing capacity for Christ’s continual residence within our hearts through faith.

Grant, Father, that we, having been firmly rooted and set into the ground of your love, may be able to comprehend together with all the saints — those here at Redeemer, those in your church across Hampton Roads, those who have faith in every nation, along with all those who have died in faith and those who are yet to come to faith — that together with them we may be able to comprehend the broad expanse and the enduring length and the unconquerable height and the penetrating depth of who you are, and of what you have accomplished in your Son.

Grant, Father, that we will know what is impossible to fathom; grant that we will know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.

Grant, Father, that we will be filled to an impossible capacity; grant that we will be filled up to all the fullness of God.

I ask these things, Father, because I know that you are able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we are able to ask or think, because it accords with your great power working within us.

Receive, Father, glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.  Amen.

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