Apr 20

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Ephesians 3:14-21

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Is there anything in your life that you want more desperately than anything? Has it caused you to drop to your knees in prayer to God? I was struck by Paul’s posture in this passage, because what he is praying for is not something I would typically associate with petitioning the Lord. Yet, we have so much to learn from Paul who prays desperately for strength, power, the indwelling of the Spirit, and a deep grasp of the depth and width of Christ’s love. He prays not just that the church in Ephesus would know it, but that they would be filled with it! 

He then closes with my favorite exhortation in the Bible. It is ALL because of God and His immeasurable power that we can even think about praying this boldly. The only way that we will experience the power and strength of the Spirit is through bold prayer. Paul is teaching us not only to ask, but to petition on our knees for the infilling of the Holy Spirit. 

As a pastor, I am reminded again of this example to pray not just for myself to experience this sort of love, but for others to experience it. It’s not just a shift in focus, it’s an act of love. For Paul, I get the sense that he is praying for something that he himself has already experienced in some form. He prays that others would experience what he has already tasted and seen. Our prayers today will focus on these two things: an authentic personal knowledge and experience of God’s deep and wide love, and for others to know and experience this love, as well. And all of that is made possible through the immeasurable power that is already at work within us through His Spirit.

Prayer Prompts:

  1. Spend a few minutes reflecting on the immeasurable love of God. Where have you experienced and felt God’s love and goodness in your life? Thank Him for those areas!
  2. Do you desire to be filled with power and strength? Pray now for that power and strength through the Spirit. Remember that you are praying to the God who is able to do “immeasurably more than we ask or imagine.”
  3. If you feel so led, get on your knees at this time. Ask God to guide you in praying for someone who needs His strength and power today. Pray specifically that they would be filled with His Spirit, that they would know and experience God’s love, and that they would find “abundant life” through Christ today.
  4. Lastly, if you are with others, feel free to pray corporately for these things to be known and experienced in our midst. Pray for our community, our groups, and our church to know and express the heighth, depth, length, and width of God’s love!