i am studying ephesians with a group of ladies and last night paul's prayer for spiritual strength put me in my place. do i live like this? do i live in this truth? is anything about his prayer for me and for you even the least bit evident in my heart and what i am about as a follower of jesus? questions i am asking out loud to myself and to those around me who i know desire deep fellowship with Christ. i know He wants more me. i know He has more for me. He did not just walk through scary ugly cancer...but He has joy for me in the mundanes of life. laundry. ironing. grocery shopping. giving baths. making meals. packing for vacation. walks to the park. errands. many of us said last night...we want extraordinary. not just good or great or awesome. but so much more and i know it is available to us. i desire to live in the joy and freedom Christ offers us.
prayer for spiritual strength
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith - that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
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, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever, and ever. Amen.
read it, then read it again, then read it again, then let is sink into your head and your heart and your soul.
i love that the love of Christ surpasses all knowledge. that is a lot of love.