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“A prayer for more of Jesus”

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Ephesians 3:16-19

A prayer for more of Jesus”

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In Ephesians chapter 3 verses 16-19 Paul offers up a fourfold prayer of revelation to get what we know in our minds about Jesus into our heart and lives. Before we look at these four things we need to realize two things:

  1. That they are progressive in nature as each one of these four requests leads naturally into the next.

  2. Second each of these four requests are applying more of what we already have in the unfathomable riches in Christ.

  1. Durability Vs. 16 “To be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man”: When we are losing heart the first thing we need to pray is to be “strengthened with might”. There are several aspects of this strength:

  2. Depth Vs. 17 “That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love”: The 2nd aspect of Paul’s prayer when we start to lose heart deals with the love of God for us.

  3. Dimension Vs. 18-19a “May be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height; to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge”: Here is the third aspect and it is still dealing with the love of God, but look at what Paul prays. That we may be able to “grasp or lay hold of” that which is says “passes knowledge”. How is that possible? Well it’s because what Paul is praying for can not grasp by our intellect it must instead be experienced by us personally! Second look at the dimensions of the love of Christ, “width, length, depth and height”. You know what that looks like if you draw it out on paper? Why it looks like a cross to me!

  • God’s love is wide enough to include me

  • Long enough to last forever

  • Deep enough to reach past all my sins

  • And high enough to take me into His presence

  1. Development Vs. 19b “That you may be filled with all the fullness of God”: Paul prays that God would continue to fill up our empty places with more of Jesus!

Paul’ prayer for those who lose heart is supplying Jesus to give us:

  • Durability

  • Depth

  • Dimension

  • Development

This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!

 

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