Paul had interrupted himself in verses 2-13, but now continues his thoughts started in verse 1, by praying that God would give the Ephesian believers four things.
Read Ephesians 3:14-19
Start with verse one and then skip to verses 14-19 to understand what Paul was saying. Because of all that God had done for them, Paul bowed down to pray to God, the Father. He wanted God to give four things to the Ephesian believers. To find each one, look for the word “that.” First, he prayed that God would make them strong spiritually through his Holy Spirit. When we allow the Holy Spirit to control our lives, we will have the strength to do what God wants us to. Secondly, he prayed that Christ would live in their hearts through faith. When Aunt Linda recently visited our home, we cleaned up the house as best as we could and welcomed her to stay with us. Jesus lives within each believer, but we must welcome him to live in our hearts by faith trusting that he is there for our own good. Thirdly, he wanted them to understand how big God's love was for them. Usually, when you measure a box, you write down the length, height, and depth. But Paul was so impressed with the love of Christ, that he added a fourth measurement. Considering the way that Paul has described our sinfulness before salvation, it is amazing that Jesus would love us enough to die on the cross. So, the next time you feel worthless, remember that the Lord Jesus loves you more than anyone else. Fourthly, he wanted them to be filled with the measure of all the fullness of God. Paul has been praying that the Ephesians would find God's spiritual strength through the Holy Spirit, the presence of Christ in their lives, and to realize how much Christ loves them. Now he prays that they would have all that God can offer them, not only his power, presence, and love but everything else that God wants them to have. What more could we ask for?
- Paul knelt to pray because he was so thankful to God for what he had done. When you pray today, kneel down and humbly thank God for he has given you.
- What four things did Paul pray for them: