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Paul’s Prayer For Us

There have been a lot of events over the last couple of weeks that have concerned a great deal of people.  There are a lot of political issues that have turned the United States upside down.  Some people have been happy.  Others distraught.

The same could be said for Paul’s day. The political climate for Christians was not the best.  However, what was Paul’s focus?

The Gospel and how it should play out in every Christian’s life.

Paul pauses to finish out Ephesians chapter 3 with a prayer.  It’s the second prayer that he prays in this epistle and one that we can learn from today.

Paul begins the prayer with the phrase For this reason.  These are the same reasons he referred to in verse 1 of Chapter 3 and are found in chapter 2.  We become new in Christ in verse 15.  Believers are one body in verse 16.  We have come near to God in verse 17.  We are citizens of God’s kingdom in verse 19.  We are being built into His temple in verse 22.

For these reason(s), Paul prays.  He bows his knees before the Father.  This does not necessarily mean his physical posture, but it certainly means that Paul is showing reverence to God as he prays.

Of course, Paul is praying to the Father.  He is described as the one whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  Does this mean every single person?  Not in the sense that Paul is referring.  Paul is referring to those who are of the family of God, both those who have gone before and those who still remain here on earth.

Paul prays that the Father would grant the Ephesians to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man according to the riches of His glory.  The riches of God’s glory are limitless, so Paul is praying that we would strengthened in immeasurable ways.  How does He strengthen us?  Through His Spirit working in our inner man.  He sends the Spirit of His Son into our hearts when we come to know Christ.

Why does He do this?  So that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith.  Is this a saving faith?  It can’t be since we cannot have the Spirit without already having this faith in Christ.  This is the faith it takes to take God at His word and act upon it.  For example , Abraham already had faith in God when He believed that God would give him a son.  He had already believed that was reckoned to him as righteousness.

Paul next prayed that since we are rooted and grounded in love that we would comprehend the breadth and length and height and depth.  Of what exactly?  The love that we are grounded and rooted in.  This goes to show the character of love.  There are no limits to love.  It goes in every direction.

Finally, Paul prays that we would know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge.  Why?  That we may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

What did Paul pray for us to have?  That the Spirit would empower us, that Christ would indwell us, that love characterizes us and that God has filled us.

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