Today’s Reading - Ephesians 3
Today’s Prayer Focus from the Lord’s Prayer - “Give us this day our daily bread.”
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 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, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. - Ephesians 3:14-19
There are two noteworthy prayers contained in this letter to the new followers of Christ in Ephesus. Every new Christian should be handed a copy of them so they can be prayed early and often. I like to call them teaching prayers and we looked at the first one on Monday. Today the second. Paul had just explained the gospel included the Gentiles and they share in all the promises of God. For this reason he kneels before the Father. Notice what follows. He gives a bold affirmation of the mystery revealed that every family derives their name from the same Father. He has certainly captured the reader’s attention and begins to pray and teach at the same time. He affirms the Spirit within us who strengthens us through his power so that Christ finds his dwelling place in their hearts. He moves to a powerful explanation of God’s love that wooed us unto Him. Next he describes the bigness of God’s love and that this love, coupled with the power of the Spirit within us, will lead us to experience the fullness of God. There were people hearing or reading this who in one moment felt left out and now are being prayed over to experience the fullness of God! After hearing it three or four times they might catch this nugget. The love that leads us to the fullness of God is not just something we learn, but an experience we participate in. Not only are we included in the kingdom, we are participants in its fullness. Again, there were some who went from not being on the team at one moment to being a starting player on the team together with all the Lord’s holy people. Not only new believers, but each one of us needs to grow in the content of this prayer. We will never grasp the vastness of God’s love but the more we desire to, the more of the fullness of God we will experience.
Heavenly Father, may we all grow in our understanding of the vastness of your love so that the power of the Spirit might grow in us to strengthen us and we continually live in the blessing of your fullness. We confess we might not understand that, but we want it. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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