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We are looking at Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian believers…
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Yesterday, I talked a bit about where this prayer is heading… “that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” What a glorious destination! But what does God reveal to us through Paul’s prayer about how we can arrive there?
Throughout the years, I have often prayed with great longing the same prayer that Paul prays in Ephesians 3:14-21 for the Ephesian believers. It truly ranks as one of the greatest prayers ever prayed, and if God were to do in us what Paul asks him to, we would be forever changed. Do you believe that God wants to answer Paul’s prayer for you? Trust him to do it! Not just in you, but in your spiritual family as well!
In the next several posts, I want to explore this prayer with you. I will not treat all of the exegetical questions that this passage presents (along with the scores of additional beautiful insights that a fuller study brings), but will try to give you a brief summary of what I think Paul is asking God to do for his beloved brethren at Ephesus, and by extension, for us as well. My prayer is that God will use this to bring you to a deeper experience of his love for you and to a deepening maturity in your walk with him.
Here is the prayer…