Praying Ephesians 3:16-21 for Heritage Bible Church
Prayer for Spiritual Strength (Ephesians 3:16-21)
16 …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.
1. It is God who strengths the believer and it is done by His unsearchable riches (v. 16)
2. It is God who gives us the power/ability to grasp His infinite love; this is His desire (v. 18)
3. Purpose: For Christ and His love to be the very center of the believer’s life (v. 17)
4. Experientially knowing Christ’s GREAT love is greater than any intellectual gains (v. 19)
(“knowledge puffs up, but love builds up” – 1 Cor. 8:1)
5. God regularly does more than we imagine, then only He gets the glory (v. 20-21)
Praying For Heritage Bible Church
Imagine a church body that is so connected to God, and so filled with the love of Christ as Paul prayed in this passage. What would the atmosphere be like? What amazing things would take place? How would people be treating one another? Even in our wildest fantasies, God would still “do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work.”
What if those people were you and me? What if that church was Heritage Bible Church? That’s an exciting thought! But it will only happen on our knees, praying for one another. I would like to encourage us as a church to pray the power of Scripture for one another (and ourselves), specifically the Apostle Paul’s powerful prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21.
As we were working through the book of Ephesians on Sunday night, we came across this powerful prayer, and we encouraged one another to be praying for our congregation these powerful words, so I would like to extend the same call to prayer for one another to the entire church then see how God begins to work.
Many of you have received an email each day this week with a list of names, working alphabetically through the church’s directory. If you do not receive emails, then I would encourage you to grab a church directory and start praying through it.
Please join us in prayer for one another. Pray either this entire passage for each person/family or a particular phrase; whatever the Holy Spirit lays on your heart.