My Prayer For You - Part II
“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” —Ephesians 3:14-19
As we continue moving through these verses in Ephesians 3, we left off last month discussing what it means to be rooted and grounded in God’s love, which goes beyond an emotional connection or a sense of closeness to God; it refers to a deeper and deeper growth in communion with God through Christ. Let’s continue with Ephesians 3:18 and the phrase, “May be able to comprehend.”
My fourth prayer is that you comprehend the depths of God’s love and salvation. Understanding or comprehending is crucial for every believer to grasp God’s glorious and eternal salvation plan. God has done so much for us that it genuinely cannot be measured, and we must constantly pray and seek the Lord to increase our understanding of the love of God.
I want you to comprehend the breadth, length, depth, and height of what God has done for us. The breadth of Christ’s love embraces all humanity, and the length of His love extends from birth to death. The height of His love reaches the most exalted status or position of humanity, and the depth of His love reaches the lowliest or even the most morally depraved person who has ever lived.
The more we understand what God has done for us, the more we will reach out to take God’s love to a hurting and dying world. This understanding will inspire us to share the good news of salvation with others and to live a life of love and compassion, reflecting the love of Christ to those around us.
FIFTH: TO KNOW THE LOVE OF CHRIST
My fifth request is for believers to know the love of Christ, which is knowledge gained through experience and not just through intellectual understanding. Paul prays that believers would have a deep understanding of God’s power and develop a much deeper understanding of Christ’s love.
The love of Christ is vast and impossible to grasp in its full measure. Yet, I encourage you to seek and know it to the best of your ability. The more we experience the love of Christ, the more we will be transformed and become like Him. The love of Christ can change us from the inside out and fill us with hope, joy, and peace.
How can we comprehend the incomprehensible? As believers, we can become familiar with the love of Christ, but we can never fully understand the depths of that love. His love is infinite and beyond the limits of human comprehension. Recognizing and experiencing the love of Christ is one thing, but comprehending it in its entirety is impossible. While we can certainly grow in our knowledge and experience of Christ’s love, there will always be more to discover and understand about its magnitude.
SIXTH: EXPERIENCE THE FULLNESS OF GOD
My last request is that each of you experience God’s fullness in your lives, which can only be obtained through Christ and His sacrifice on the cross. This fullness was bought and paid for by Christ and is not attainable through any other means.
Having a deeper relationship with Christ and experiencing His power and love should be the ultimate goal of every believer. The more we experience the fullness of God, the more we will be transformed into the likeness of Christ and live a life that radiates His love and grace to those around us. Again, this can only occur through the cross of Christ, which allows the Holy Spirit to impart His divine strength into our lives.
In conclusion, the requests made by Paul serve as a powerful reminder of the importance of deepening our relationship with Christ and experiencing His love and power in our lives. Whether it be through the strengthening of the Holy Spirit, the indwelling of Christ in our hearts, a deeper understanding of God’s love, the fullness of God, or the knowledge of Christ’s love, each request serves as a guide for us to grow in our faith and to live a life that reflects the love and grace of Jesus Christ.
With that in mind, it is my prayer that these requests remind us to seek the strength and help of the Holy Spirit, that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, that you may experience a deeper understanding of God’s love, that you strive for the fullness of God, and that you may grow in your knowledge of His unfailing love.
May your life reflect the love and grace of Christ, and I pray that you live each day with the ultimate goal of deepening your relationship with Him.
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