March 4 – Paul’s Amazing Prayer for You

The verses we are going to look at today are some of my favourite verses in the Bible. Right after Paul told us yesterday that God was working through him despite his sense of being unqualified, Paul goes on to reinforce that God is behind all we do. Paul prays this prayer over the Ephesian elders. This prayer is for you too. I’ve posted it in 3 different versions. Read each one slowly and carefully and soak in what it says.

This prayer is for you!

Ephesians 3: 14 – 21

(New Living Translation)

“When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.”

(New American Standard Bible)

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

(The Message)

“My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.

20-21 God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!”

Perhaps you could reread one of the versions and put yourself right into the prayer. For example, using the NLT version, you could say something like this:

Father, you are the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. Empower me through your strength by your Spirit from your glorious, unlimited resources. Make your home in my heart. Help me to trust you and grow into your love. Help me to be strong. Help me to understand how wide, how long, how high and how deep your love is for me. I want to know you so much more. I want to be complete with the life and power that comes from you. I will give you all the glory for all that you do with me. Glory to you and Christ Jesus forever and ever.

If there was an idea that God was whispering to you yesterday as you read the devotions, once again, wrap your head around the fact that God wants to work in and through you. He loves you more than you can ever comprehend. Be brave. Trust him. Go!

Our song for today is Strength of My Life by Vertical Worship

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