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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Prayers in the Bible: Paul in Ephesians 3

Ephesians 3:14 For this cause, I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 3:15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 3:16 that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that you may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man; 3:17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 3:18 may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 3:19 and to know Christ’s love which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 3:20 Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 3:21 to him be the glory in the assembly and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. (WEB)

Paul is praying for his readers, apparently the church in Ephesus, in this passage. In one phrase, his prayer is that that group of believers would "know Christ's love." May I also know it!

This is one of a series on prayers in the Bible. The previous post in the series is here.

2 comments:

LDH said...

Good Morning, Martin!

Your studies remind me of a book my small group of friends, (4 of us now down to three as one moved to Texas) read together a few years ago. Perhaps you are familiar with it. It is titled

Beyond All You Could Ask or Think
~ How to Pray Like the Apostle Paul
by Ray Pritchard.

It uses Paul's prayers as an example for our own.

Enjoyed stopping by.
Kindly, Lorraine

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks. No, I'd not read that, but anyone praying like Paul said he did would have to pray mostly for things that most churches spend most of their prayer on.