Updated: Feb 23
In this study we consider the Spirit-anointed prayers of the Apostle Paul.
These prayers were given of the Holy Spirit to teach us how to pray for ourselves and others.
The prayer we are focusing on today is in Ephesians 3:14-21.
The prayers of Paul listed below are not in the word of God by chance but are there that Holy Spirit can use them to lead us into how we might to pray. They are found in
In Ephesians 3:14-21 we see a stepwise progressive revelation of the God’s Word.
Step 1. Being strengthened with might in our inner man by Holy Spirit
Step 2. That Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith, that we be rooted and grounded in love
Step 3. That we might comprehend the dimensions of God’s love, practically experiencing it for ourselves
Step 4. That we might be filled with all the fullness of God
Verse 16; It is the dunamis or dynamite power of the Holy Spirit that will strengthen us spiritually. It is part of the Holy Spirit’s ministry to build us up that we might be ready for the next step of this progression. It is that same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead that dwells in us so we can ask Him to strengthen us.
Verse 17; As Christ dwells (is at home) in our heart by faith we become rooted like a tall tree.
A tree planted by running water yielding its fruit in season, prospering in every way. Jesus is the vine, and we are the branches, our roots are in Him grounded like a building on the sure foundation of Jesus Christ the Solid Rock. Jesus is building the stones in his body into a perfect temple for the Father (1 John 4:19). The Christian walk of obedience is in response to his love which was given first to us. As we are strengthened with might in the inner man by Holy Spirit, Christ begins to live in our hearts by faith and we become rooted and grounded on his divine love.
Verse 18; Then we are in the position to begin to discern the dimensions of God’s love. We can only hope to have any possibility of achieving this through the Lord’s grace i.e. through the Holy Spirit revelations to our hearts.
Verse 19; To know the love of Christ that surpasses and bypasses mere head knowledge.
There is a supernatural order of the dimensions of God’s love.
The Holy Spirit directs our attention as follows.
A. What is Breadth? We have some difficulty in seeing the breadth of God’s love to all men of every race and colour, every age from a foetus in the mother’s womb to a man on his death bed, embracing each one of these. In all time past, back to Adam and forward to Christ’s second advent. This breadth tells the Jewish believers of God’s love for the Gentiles and tells us now of His love for all the various parts of the body of Christ. In my Father’s house there are many mansions. God’s love is so broad it embraces His whole family beyond any man-made barriers. He is not a respecter of rank or position. His love is so broad it includes from the humblest to the most exalted of his people.
B. Length, this invites us to meditate on the eternal nature of God’s love. Christ loved us before we got born again. 1 John 4:19 tells us that we love him, because he first loved us and as his love knows no end, so it has no beginning and is from everlasting to everlasting. Jeremiah 31:3 Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love, therefore with loving kindness. I have drawn thee the Lord says this to each one of us. His drawing of us unto himself is the effect of his love. John 13:1 Jesus loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. Romans 8:35-39 Nothing can separate us from God’s love. Are you catching a glimpse of its length?
C. Depth, another way to look at the depth of God’s love is to look back to where we came from, dying and on the way to eternal death. Each one of us can take a minute to meditate on how deep our Father’s love was to raise us up out of the pit of our sinful lives. We were children wrath by nature see Ephesians 2:1-6. Does this not speak to your heart of the Depth of our Father’s love?
D. Height, so far, we have seen the love of God has a boundless breadth, an endless length, a fathomless depth then surely its height is measureless? In trying to comprehend the height we may look to both our present privileges and our future promises as clearly identified in the word of God. 1 Samuel 2:8, Isaiah 56:5 Romans 8:16-17, 1 John 3:1, and Revelation 22:4-5 v19 that we might know the love of Christ which passes knowledge by the Holy Spirit that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.
Did Paul get carried away with it here or was the Holy Spirit showing us the summit of the prayer?
Are we not heirs of the Father, joint heirs of Christ?
If we ask for bread, will he give us a stone or a snake instead of a fish?
This is the point; the word of God tells us that God wants us at filled with all His own fullness.
Our hearts and minds must constantly be occupied with the love of Christ to be prepared for the being filled with all his fullness.
Do you hunger and thirst for righteousness as in Matthew 5:6?
The Greek for ‘filled with all the fullness’ suggests a continuous process, a progressive and enlarging experience. As a vessel is filled to the brim the vessel then expands and the process continues thus our hearts will grow and take in more of him on an ongoing basis.
Let us agree not to pray any more weak and feeble prayers!
Pray for yourself and others in this manner.
Prayer Father God we bow our knees to you in the name of Jesus Christ. We ask that you grant us, according to your riches, that we might be strengthened with your mighty power in our inner man. We pray that Christ may be dwelling in our hearts by faith, and that we are becoming rooted and grounded in your divine love. We ask that we may be able to comprehend with all your saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height of your love, and to come to truly know your love which surpasses mere human knowledge, that we might be filled with the love of God as you are Lord.
Lord, we know you can do much more above all we can ask or even think because your power is at work in us, and we say. Amen
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