"I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love." (Ephesians 3:17b-18)
I love how Paul’s prayers focus on man’s spiritual needs, not physical needs.
In today’s prayer, Paul makes four specific requests on behalf of the Ephesians:
1. Spiritual Strength
2. Deeper Experience with Christ
3. Understanding of God’s Love
4. Fulfillment of Purpose
I love how Paul shapes his prayers in a way that reaches beyond the physical and into the spiritual.
Near the end of his prayer, Paul uses one of my favorite biblical analogies—spiritual roots. Let's take another look... "I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love." As believers, we are rooted in God’s love. However, the strength of our roots is dependent upon our ability to grasp the depth of God’s love for us.
In my experience, the only way to increase our understanding of God's love is to dedicate ourselves to consistent Bible study and prayer.
These two spiritual disciplines give us access to spiritual nourishment—enabling us to battle and behave like believers.
God's love for us is unconditional, undeserved, and unreserved.
Once we have developed a robust root system in His love, we will have strength to withstand the ravaging storms of life.
Action Point: If we long to grow up in faith, we must first grow deep in God’s love. Such love is beyond our ability to understand, but it is not beyond our ability to experience. Follow Paul's example and petition your loving Heavenly Father for strength, experience, understanding, and fulfillment. Pray for these things and watch Him provide generously above and beyond what you could hope or imagine.
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