When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. –Ephesians 3:14-21
This is one of my favourite prayers in the Bible. Paul prays this for the Ephesian church and this prayer is still prayed for the church all around the world today. Before he shares this prayer, Paul talks again about the importance of unity in Christ. God’s plan was to have Gentiles and Jews to be united as one in Christ. Christ is the head of the church and we are the body. He wanted to make sure we understood how important it is that we are one and work together in unity (See Ephesians 3:1-13).
First of all, Paul prays that we are empowered by the Holy Spirit. When Paul was gloriously saved, he also received the power of the Spirit within him. We cannot live without the Holy Spirit! Sadly in many churches today, the Spirit is left out in the teachings, etc. because people are afraid of him. The Holy Spirit enables us to be holy. He enables us to minister to others with spiritual gifts and the power of God. The Holy Spirit is a part of the Trinity- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three in one person. If we are to live for Christ and be holy, we need the power, inner strength of the Holy Spirit. Please do not ignore him, for to do so is keeping away the power of God living in us.
Christ makes his home in our hearts through the Holy Spirit living within us. Of course, this does not mean our literal hearts. I know children always ask about this in Sunday School. Our heart is our very being. Our spirit. The heart is what makes us unique in our personalities. It is our way of thinking. Our heart is us. When Jesus comes to make his home in our hearts through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are basically saying, Jesus, take control of who I am. We yield ourselves to God and give him everything. Sometimes this is instantaneously and other times we take forever to give up areas in our life to the Lord.
The more we trust Jesus, the more our roots grown in his love. We see in our lives the love of God and we respond by giving him more and more of ourselves. God’s love is what keeps us strong. Our faith starts out as small as a mustard seed and then as we grown in Christ, that seed grows and our hearts are filled with more and more of God’s love and his Spirit.
From this growth and trust, we begin to learn about how wonderful God’s love is. His love is unfathomable. We will never fully understand his love. However, the more we spend time in relationship with him through prayer and studying his word, our roots go deeper and deeper into his love. Our eyes are then opened to seeing his love. His love is deep. His love is wide. His love is long. His love is high. Great is our Father’s love for us.
The more we know and understand about God’s love we will be complete with abundant life. Jesus promised us this in John 10:10 when he said “I have that they may have life and have it abundantly.” When we live in God’s love and we allow the Holy Spirit take control of our lives, we are filled with power. Paul says in Romans 8:11 – “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.” I am amazed that God gives us this same power.
Just think of this truth. We have the same power, the same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead living in us! This power defeats eternal death! This power enables us to live holy lives. This power allows us to minister grace to others. This power is God, himself, living within us!! Oh church may we realise our potential and live like we should! This world could be truly turned upside down if we only stayed plugged into the power of God!
When we realise who we are in Christ, and the power that lives within us, we cannot help but to give God the glory. His power is at work within us when we allow him to take full control. His power in us can accomplish much more than we could ever dream or imagine. His power in us will not only change us as people, it will overflow to others.
My prayer is always for my life to be so full of God and his Spirit that when people see or meet me they see him and feel his presence.
I also pray this prayer for the church today. Oh that God would wake us up from our sleep. Oh may he allow his people to realise the potential in them. May the church realise how loved they are. May they realise the power of God in their lives. May they tap into this glorious power and live abundant lives for Jesus.
My friends, the church is you. The choice is up to you whether or not you are going to allow God’s love and power to consume you through the Holy Spirit living within.
Oh Father God, please forgive us for ignoring the tug on our hearts to give you full control of our lives. Forgive us for being afraid of the Holy Spirit. Help us to give you every part of our lives. Holy Spirit, we welcome you into our lives. We recognise we need you. We need your power to live holy lives. Holy Spirit empower us. Anoint us. Fill us. Use us for your glory. We surrender all for your glory and purpose. In Jesus name, Amen.