Prayer: Strength for the Inner Man

I think the Apostle Paul wrote down some of the best prayers ever prayed by anyone.  I wish I could have heard him pray out loud.  What must that have been like?   How did his prayer life change as he grew in faith?   I think his prayers tell us a lot about what he knew about God.

One of my favorite prayers of Paul is found at the end of Ephesians chapter 3.

Paul writes:

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.   Amen.

He starts this prayer off by stating that , “For this cause I bow my knees…” I found this to be very interesting.  The reason?  This is not the usual posture of prayer for a Jew.  Jews typically prayed standing, so to kneel is a sign of worship, of submission, of humility, it’s an obvious surrender to the Lord.   What a beautiful picture this paints.   I can imagine Paul, on his knees, praying for the church he had invested so much in.   He knew that without God’s work in their midst all his efforts were in vain.   He surrendered to God’s ability to take care of them and then he tells them what he’s been praying.

He continues to pray that God would grant unto them:

  1. Strength for the Inner Man.
  2. That Christ would dwell in their hearts.
  3. That they would be rooted and grounded in love.
  4. That they would comprehend the Truth of God’s Word.
  5. That they would know the love of Christ.
  6. That they might be filled with the fullness of God.

Imagine, if you can, how different your life would be if you really prayed and experienced these things each and every day as Paul did.   Paul could have prayed for anything for them and he prays for them to know the love of Christ.   It’s clear Paul knew something we don’t.   He knew the love of God personally and it had changed his life.   I wonder, if we prayed this prayer for each other, what a difference it would make in our lives?  We would never be the same.

More importantly, I believe we would change our world.

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