I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 3: 16 – 19
Don’t we all want those special people in our lives to know how much we love and appreciate them? It’s so hard to find words to convey just how much, and we try to show them with the loving things we do. They are always in our prayers as we ask that God will bless them, keep them in His care, and provide all they need. There is no doubt that our greatest desire is that they will always be healthy, happy, and safe, and that they will experience all that life has to offer.
But this beautiful prayer from Ephesians reminds us that there is something much greater that we should desire for those we love. Could there be a more loving gift that we could give than to pray that they will truly know that Christ dwells in their hearts, that He will empower them to do things they could never do on their own, and that His Spirit will strengthen their faith to trust in Him? Could there be a greater blessing that we could give than to pray that they will truly know how much God loves them – that they will be able “to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is His love, a love that surpasses all knowledge” and understanding?
This is my prayer for them, for you, and for me. God has assured us in His Word that in order for us to have the most fulfilling life possible and to experience all His goodness, we need His presence surrounding us and permeating our hearts and souls with His Spirit. As we come to understand the depth of His love for us, we will grow to trust Him more. And as our faith grows, He will give us the power and strength to trust in His loving will for our lives.
As we worship Him today, may we be grateful for His grace to trust Him, to fully realize His great love for us, and to follow His will. May our prayers for those we love and for ourselves always be that we will see God in every part of our lives, be aware of His presence with us, and be grateful for His love and goodness. Only then can we truly live life to the fullest!
Our most gracious Lord, we give you all honor, praise and glory for the love and blessings you bestow upon us. May we always pray that you will open our hearts in a way that helps us understand the depth of your love and that will strengthen our faith in you. Amen