Today we will look at a powerful prayer Paul prayed for the people and one we might want to pray for ourselves and our churches.
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.
This is an amazingly beautiful and powerful prayer Paul prayed for the people. “Paul has painted his great picture of the Church. This world is a disintegrated chaos; there is division everywhere, between nation and nation, between man and man, within a man’s inner life. It is God’s design that all the discordant elements should be brought into one in Jesus Christ. But that cannot be done unless the Church carries the message of Christ and of the love of God to every man. It is for that cause that Paul prays. He is praying that the people within the Church may be such that the whole Church will be the body of Christ.”1
Reread those verses as a prayer for yourself as a follower of Christ and for your church and the churches around the world. What is it that you need in your life – God’s strength, power, love or all of the above? Pray with faith that He may bless you abundantly with all of them. Imagine the difference we could make in the world if we were the kind of believers and the kind of church Paul prayed for!
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- Quote from “The Letters to the Galatians and Ephesians”, The Daily Study Bible Series, William Barclay, The Westminster Press