From Pastor’s Desk: 4-3-16
Ephesians 3:16-21 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 saints, 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.
I suppose I could have missed some very significant prayer(s) in Scripture, but this one, to me, rates right up there at the top, or at least near the top.
“Therefore” (4:1) transitions into the next chapter(s) explaining some of which he had offered prayer for. As I see it, all that he says following is based upon all he said in 3:16-21. Then in 6:10 he begins his conclusion.
May I paraphrase verse 10? “Finally, based upon my prayer for you, I urge you to be strong. Not in your own strength, but in the Lord’s. Because it comes from His glorious riches, with which nothing on earth can compare, you have the power of the Holy Spirit working in your inner being.
Being rooted and established in love, you also have this great privilege of examining, and arriving at a conclusion as to how wide, long, high, and deep is the love of Christ, which covers such a vast expanse of God’s sovereign rule.
With this knowledge, you can be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Without a doubt, there is nothing that can come close to the measure of fullness with which He will fill you, simply because He can, and will, do immeasurably more than you ask or imagine. Once this is realized, accepted, and comprehended, all you do will be for the sole purpose of giving glory and honor to God throughout eternity.”
I know of no one with any greater faith than the man who prayed this prayer for the Ephesian church. The one who prayed this prayer was the same person who was so bold as to shake a deadly, poisonous snake from his hand as if it had not happened, because he knew his journey to where he was going wasn’t over, and God had already told him he would get there.
In other words, Paul knew from whence he was praying. He knew about those “glorious riches.” He had long since become rooted and established in the word of God. Exploring the vast expanse of God had long since been his daily routine, with every moment of every day being filled with the measure of all the fullness of God. He himself had written the words, ” “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor. 2:9). He knew the power of the Holy Spirit is a personal way because of the nature of his own conversion.