I don’t usually kneel when I pray. My most intense praying is usually done in the middle of the night, wrapped in blankets in my bed, imagining that I am hugged in my Father’s arms. And this awesome, perfect Father of every father and child in heaven and earth, welcomes our time together.
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family 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. Ephesians 3:14-19, NIV
Here’s my chart, answering the four questions I posed to you.
|Who is God?||The creator of heaven & earth (15), who has unlimited, glorious resources (16), your Father who loves you & lives in you (14,17)|
|Why do we pray?||God has invited us into conversation and relationship with Him (14-19)|
|What does God give us through prayer?||His Holy Spirit (with unlimited strength) lives in us & empowers us (16), & helps us mature and grow in faith (17), & brings understanding of His love for us to our hearts (18)|
|What are we to do with God’s love that is poured into us?||Experience & share God’s love with all those around us (19).|
Two things hit me.
- The Holy Spirit—a glorious inner strength—lives inside of each believer. God has also given each one of us the portion of grace we need (text). And salvation! What magnificent gifts we have been given from an extravagant God. And He wants us to be His children—all of us!
- If God is “the perfect father of every father and child in heaven and earth,” I am a sister to every one of them as well. We are all one big family.
There’s always enough, more than enough, love.
Pray with me. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Amen and Amen.
One of my favorite hymns is “I Stand Amazed.” I’ve included this rendition by Celtic Worship featuring Steph Macleod.