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12 September 2018

Week of prayer: day 3 - grasping the love of Christ

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Longing for impact: Praying

Prayer for strengthening and power to grasp the love of Christ

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 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, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
(Ephesians 3:16-19)

Paul is concerned that the Ephesian church will lose heart because of his and their suffering, so he bows his knee before God.

Remembering who we come before will give us greater boldness and faith in prayer. Paul says, “I bow my knee before the Father”. Let’s remember today that it is only because God is gracious and because of what Jesus has done that we can call him Father. Paul comes before his Father, and appeals that God would act out of his glorious riches, not only can we be confident because God is gracious but also because he is glorious and, well, rich.

Paul’s heart for the church is that God would strengthen them. It’s been a mixed season in the life of the church where both the opportunities and the challenges seem more obvious and present.

Let’s come together as a church today, and ask God that he would:

  • Help us to bow our knees before him in the knowledge of who He is
  • Strengthen each of us through his Spirit in our innermost being
  • Establish us in his love, that we would be rooted and grounded in Him
  • That as a church we would grasp just a little more of how great His love is
  • That God would break the lies in our hearts that say, “He doesn’t love us”
  • Strengthen John and Alison particularly, in the very core of their being
  • Satisfy our hearts with who He is

I’m pretty confident that the tendency to rely on my own strength isn’t something that only I find a challenge. Let’s remember that trusting in our strength instead of God is ultimately sin and a rejection of God’s grace and goodness. Let’s seek forgiveness and ask God to help us trust in him today.

"Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who draws strength from mere flesh
and whose heart turns away from the Lord.
That person will be like a bush in the wastelands"
(Jeremiah 17)

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