Ephesians 3:14-20 | Prayer for the Ephesians

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.

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, forever and ever! Amen.

I love reading this passage of scripture, somehow it reminds me of a beautifully composed piece of music.

The composition begins low as Paul describes his posture, down on his knees before the Father, praying for his brothers and sisters. His prayer is a sequence of progressions, gradually growing in intensity as it crescendos to a peak with a passionate display of exuberant worship. It builds, stanza upon stanza punctuated with a series of “So that’s”. He prays that out of God’s glorious Riches The Ephesian Church would be strengthened in their inner man SO THAT Christ may dwell in their hearts.

SO THAT being rooted and established in Love they will grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love, that surpasses knowledge SO THAT they may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Paul’s desire is for his brothers and sisters to “know” the unknowable, his Prayer intensifies as it builds towards the ultimate intercession in v 19 where he prays for them to know this love that surpasses knowledge SO THAT they may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. He longs for them to have a deepening experience of this all-surpassing Love.

It’s a plea for them to move on from an intellectual knowing to an experiential knowing, It says this is what you have but there is more to be experienced of the Love of Christ.

Oh that we would follow Paul’s example by picking up the baton, SO THAT we too might conduct this Prayer Cantata for Church at Lindsayfield. SO THAT, together with all God’s people, we will glorify the One who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.

To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. 

Love Lesley x