Discovering Your Identity in Christ – A Study in Ephesians – Part 12

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The Apostles’ Prayer – Part II

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[h] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”  Ephesians 3:14-21 NIV

Isn’t it true we pray for that which we find important?

Do you care about your family?  Pray for them.

Do you care for your church?  Pray for it.

Do you care for your children?  Pray for them.

Here Paul assumes a posture of prayer for those who are important to him… and to Jesus… the church.    Because of the new identity believers have in Christ (discussed in Ephesians 2), those who are in Christ are spiritually alive and have a new nature.    

There are far too many times we settle for having knowledge touch our heads, but we let it stay there.  We don’t let it drop down into our hearts.  Paul prays that the words he shares would not dwell in their heads, but sink into their hearts.

Paul prays for the church that their inner man would be strengthened so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith.

  1. 1. Paul prays for spiritual power.

Spiritual power is a mark of everyone who is in Christ who submits to God’s Word and Spirit.  It is not reserved for a special class of Christian, but for all those who submit to God.  While our outer bodies and physical person becomes weaker with age, Paul prays that the Holy Spirit would energize, revitalize, and empower the obedient that are in Christ. For the Christian, growing older should not equal growing weaker. 

  1. 2. Paul prays our hearts would be Christ’s home not His hotel.

As we learned before, Paul desires that your heart be a home from Christ, and not a hotel.  Your heart would be a comfortable dwelling place for Jesus Christ to make His home, and not a temporary visiting place where Jesus comes and goes because He is no longer welcome. 

  1. 3. Paul prays for believers to truly experience God.

Paul doesn’t want his writings simply to impart theological knowledge.  He wants those who are in Christ to be transformed by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit and to walk in the fullness of God’s Spirit.

Thank You Father for a praying Apostle.  I learn today from Paul that I should increase the prayers I offer for Your people… the church.  Today I pray for Your Spirit to invade Your people.  In Jesus’ name, amen. 

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