3D June 11, 2019

3D   6.11.19

Ephesians 3:14-21 English Standard Version (ESV)

Prayer for Spiritual Strength

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom  every family[a]in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to  the riches of his glory  he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit  in your inner being, 17  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith-that you, being rooted and  grounded in love, 18 may have strength to  comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and  height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ  that surpasses knowledge, that  you may be filled with all  the fullness of God.20  Now to  him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think,  according to the power at work within us, 21  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

God is love. All strength and wisdom and power flows from God's and his love is what fulfills us and sustains us through life.  Paul tells us that Christ should "dwell" within us, that we are to be rooted and grounded in love and that we must understand just how big God's love is. How can we comprehend God's love?  This knowledge comes from experiencing God's love through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and inviting the Holy Spirit to fill us and use us.  As Christ "dwells" in  us, his love flows through us and we are able to open our hearts to everyone--those who are like us and those who are different.  "God chooses to live among us, God's glory fills us. This is sheer grace, unimaginable possibility, life-giving hope." (Sally A. Brown-Commentary Working Preacher)

1 John 4:19 We love because he first loved us.

We can pray that the Lord grants to each of us:
Spiritual Strength
Christ within us
An understanding and experience of Christ’s love

Father, as we pray this prayer, fill us with your abiding and abundant love.  Amen

Sheila Freeman
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