The Most Daring Prayer in the New Testament
Aaron preached from Ephesians 3:14-21 this last week. It's a rich, beautiful prayer that we might be strengthened according to the riches of His glory, that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith, that we might comprehend the love of God through Christ. One preacher called it the most daring prayer in the NT.
I just wanted to comment on 2 thoughts from the prayer that I can't get out of my head. In verse 19 he prays that we might be filled with the fullness of God. I don't think I even know what that means. This is the God that spoke the world into existence. This is the God that split the sea wide open. The God that makes the path for the thunderbolt. The God that stills the waves. The God that conquered death. Paul is praying that we are filled with His fullness.
We've all eaten and felt full before, felt satisfied. Paul wants God to be our satisfaction, to be our strength, to be our sustenance. Pastor Geoff Thomas says this about this verse,
That is what Paul is praying for, that your desires for the Son of God will never cease, that you will want him more and more and more, and receive his divine fulness more and more, that you will find him increasingly your refuge and strength and a very present help in trouble, that you will never think, let alone say, “Now I have all of Christ, so let me go on to other experiences and other blessings.” All blessings come through Christ alone.
The prayer is to be filled with the fullness of God that we will desire nothing else. The desire is for us to taste and be fed on the sufficiency of Christ.
The other part of the prayer that has me floored is vs 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
God is able to do more than you can ask or you can think. You can't even imagine the things He can do, the things He is capable of. We can't pray prayers big enough, rich enough, grand enough to match God's goodness and power. We don't realize the power we have in prayer, the power we have in Christ. If Paul can dare to pray big, maybe it's time we do the same. Maybe it's time we ask big things of God, knowing that He can do more than we can even imagine.