Ephesians 3:14-21 – July 6
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
Ephesians 3:14-21 – A Prayer for the Ephesians
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.
20 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, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Paul’s Prayer | Rebecca Hoyt
My Bible notes that Paul prays for the Holy Spirit’s power to strengthen the inner man or the deepest recesses of the hearts of believers. For the Messiah to dwell (settle, inhabit, take up residence) in the hearts of God’s people provides an incredible strength and connection with the Father and His power. The essence of Paul’s powerful prayer is that believers would use the resources available to them through God.
These parts of the verses really stuck out to me – to be strengthened with might through His Spirit – that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love – that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Never underestimate the power of prayer. I love how there are so many different prayers in the Bible. Thankful, grateful, crying out for help, asking for something for yourself or others, healing prayers. I can never forget there is no prayer too small or too big for my God. (My Aunt went into intensive care today; I went outside for a minute and prayed for her on the way, and when I came back in, my youngest said “I just prayed for her to be better” and I told her I also just prayed; she said, “Then she has to get better with both of us praying for her.”)
Father, I am so thankful that we can talk to You whenever we want, You are always there. The fact that You want us to not worry about anything but pray about everything.
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