God possesses an inexhaustible fullness of grace and mercy
Prayer is an important tool in a Christian’s life. When we pray, we should focus our prayer on the glory of God in our lives and the lives of those for whom we pray.
Our prayers should not just be focused on our personal needs and those of our family. The focus should be on how God can cause his glory to shine in our lives as he hears and answers our prayers.
This is the focus of the apostle’s prayer for the church at Ephesus. In humility, he says, he prays with confidence and expectation with the assurance that God would fulfill his promise. Jesus says in the scriptures that in praying to God, we too should always reverence him. God is the creator and we are the created. Therefore, we should express that reverence in a most suitable way.
Paul established the church in Ephesus on his second missionary journey, even though he passed through Ephesus on his first missionary journey. He spent three years in Ephesus setting up the church.
In this text he solemnly prays for the saints. This is not only for the Ephesians, but for all who would read this epistle.
He prays for strength of our inner being, that we experience the richness of the love of Christ in the communion of the saints, and that we build on that foundation. He also prays that we be filled to the brim with the fullness of our God.
The apostle prays that the inner man might have spiritual strength which will, in time, lead to a deeper experience with Christ. This experience with Christ will enable Christians to understand God’s love.
As the apostle prayed, we too should pray that God grants us strength according to the riches of his grace. To be strengthened is to be infused with a high degree of grace.
That grace would give us the ability to do the work that we have been called to do. It would give us the strength to resist temptation and to endure persecution.
The apostle further prayed that we be rooted and grounded in love. We should desire that God’s love be fixed in us. When the love of God reigns in our hearts, we can, then extend that love to our fellowmen.
Scripture says that, “We love him because he first loved us.” God possesses an inexhaustible fullness of grace and mercy. The saints can never pray for benefits in excess of God’s ability to supply. God is able to do abundantly and exceedingly more than we can ever ask for.
When we go before the Lord God in prayer, we have a mediator in Christ Jesus. The unsearchable riches of Christ’s love is higher than heaven, deeper than hell, longer than the earth, and broader than the sea. The love of Christ surpasses knowledge. Amen.
• Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas, or telephone: 323-4107; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org.
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