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|A Prayer That We Fully Understand God's Power and Love|
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 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, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”—Ephesians 3:14-21
Here is another prayer we should pray often for ourselves and others. As we learned last time, Paul did not pray for the physical well-being of the believers at Ephesus, however important that was, but now he turns his attention to praying that they might experience both the power and love of God.
Notice the following features of this prayer. First, he prays that we will be strengthened in the “inner man” that place within us that can only be changed by the power of God. Although the outer man grows weaker, the inner man can be renewed day by day; this is a reference to the depths of our being where the Spirit resides and does His work.
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|A Prayer About Our Riches in Christ|
“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe…”—Ephesians 1:16-19
Have you ever prayed for something—perhaps for someone to be healed—and then you ended your prayer with, “if it be Your will”? I believe that’s proper to pray, especially when we’re not sure whether or not our request is in line with what God wants to do. When Jesus was in Gethsemane, He prayed, “Not my will, but Your will be done.” However, there are prayers we can pray where we do not have to add, “if it be Your will” because we know that we are praying right in line with God’s will; in other words, we are praying God’s will exactly.
That’s what happens when we pray the prayers of Paul who spent a great deal of time praying for others. His prayers always expressed what God’s desire was for His people. No need to add, “if it is Your will.”
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