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.