Read Ephesians 3:14–21
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 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, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
“The context shows us that Paul is praying with humble gratitude to God. I draw this from “For this reason” (v. 14). What prompted this prayer? What was the “reason”? Paul began this prayer in verse 1 it seems, but he took a holy rabbit trail to talk about his calling in Ephesians 3:2-13. So, what preceded 3:1? Two chapters of God’s amazing grace preceded chapter 3. Gratitude for the grace of God in chapters 1–2 prompted this prayer in chapter 3. Paul was stunned at God’s grace in saving sinners individually and at His grace in uniting them corporately.
When we reflect on God’s amazing grace, it should lead us to get on our faces before God, who called us, adopted us, redeemed us, and forgave us. Christ died on our behalf. The Spirit has sealed us. God has brought us from death to life, has raised us with Christ, and has seated us with Christ. God has made us part of His church. In light of these realities, Paul says, “For this reason I kneel before the Father.” And so should we.
Prayer is not striking a piñata or asking God for goodies. It begins and ends in worship. That is what Paul is doing here. He is worshiping. Paul knew God had taken the initiative to call sinners to Himself in order to form a people, and that made him fall to his knees. Paul loved God because God had called sinners to Himself, dressed them in the robes of Christ, and said there are no second-class citizens in the kingdom. Did He do this because they were good? No. God did it because God is good.” Tony Merida
For what does Paul pray?
What does this passage teach us about the resources of God?
What keeps you from feeling humble desperation in your praying?
Pause and pray through these petitions.
Heavenly father, I thank you for….
I pray from the glorious riches of your grace that you would…..