Heavenly Father, it is wonderful that today my prayers for your daughter Lindsey can center around you Lord, center around your many facets, so many that I will strive to highlight one for each of the letters of our alphabet in the coming days, beginning today with the letter A. Thank you for revealing so much about yourself to us through you Word. Thank you for all the scribes who painstakingly and meticulously copied manuscripts of your Word as well as the many who carefully translated the Hebrew and Greek into English so that we can read and understand it ourselves today. Thank you Lord! And thank you for the scripture to begin with … the scripture that reminds us that Christ has ascended!
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) (Ephesians 4:7-10)
Lord, today I come before you to begin several weeks of prayers for Lindsey by acknowledging bits and pieces of who you are! You are awesome and amazing. We thank you for sending your son Jesus to earth to atone for our sins. And today my prayer of praise is that Jesus died for our sins, was raised from the dead and then forty days later was ascended up into heaven! Thank you Lord! Let us pause to praise you for this. And now we give you the glory. All the glory is yours Lord. All the glory is yours. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings, who sits on the right hand of God. Amen
But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore He says:
“When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men.”
(Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)
Each one of us has received a special gift in proportion to what Christ has given. As the scripture says,
“When he went up to the very heights,
he took many captives with him;
he gave gifts to people.”
Now, what does “he went up” mean? It means that first he came down to the lowest depths of the earth. So the one who came down is the same one who went up, above and beyond the heavens, to fill the whole universe with his presence.