The Apostle Paul wrote to the believers at Ephesus to encourage them. He had spent 3 years with them in Acts 18-20 and was well aware of just how hard life was for them. They lived in a city filled with idol worship and false gods. The people in Ephesus were more concerned with money and esteem that came from following their false gods than they were interested in following Christ. Paul knew that the Christians in Ephesus were socially, politically and economically under pressure to follow the ways of the society around them. It was the understanding of what life was like for Christians amid the moral decay of the society around them, that concerned Paul to write the following prayer:
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21
Today, let us reflect on Paul’s prayer, for people just like us. Because, we, like the Ephesians, can find ourselves surrounded by challenging people and circumstances that make it seem as if we are being overwhelmed by “life” around us But today, we pray to be spiritually strengthened with power through our faith. So that, we comprehend the totality of Christ’s love and therefore be filled, full of God. Amen!