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Ephesians Devotional—Week Three, Day Four (12/17/09)

Ephesians 3:14-19

For this reason I kneel before the Father, {15} from whom his whole 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 saints, 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.

Many times we struggle with how to pray for other believers. This prayer of Paul for the Ephesians provides an end to that struggle.

Since God has promised to hear and answer prayers that are according to His will (1 John 5:14-15), our greatest need is to discover what His will is. Make sense? And where is the very best place to learn God’s will? Answer: God’s will is revealed specifically in the Bible. Therefore, because this prayer is a Biblical prayer, it exactly reflects the will of God. Hence, we can pray it for others (and for ourselves) with utmost confidence.

The prayer itself is directed to our heavenly Father. It’s a prayer for inner strength by the Holy Spirit, for an abiding experience of Christ in us, and for a deep experiential knowledge of the vastness of God’s love. All of this adds up to an incredible filling with the very fullness of God Himself.

This prayer can entirely change a person’s life. I know, because it has changed mine. God is faithful, and He hears and answers prayer.

  1. Think of someone right now who needs prayer, and pray this prayer for him/her. Pray it with confidence, on the authority of the Word of God!
  2. Take one of the aspects of this prayer and pray it for yourself. Jot down the need in your life which leads you to pray this particular prayer.
  3. How well do you experientially know the love of Christ? Have you realized that it is God’s will that you experience His love? Find at least two other New Testament passages that teach us that God loves us and wants us to know it.
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