I was praying this afternoon using the card I wrote about a couple of days ago (here it is, the picture was apparently unreadable). I was praying for my wife and I came to Ephesians 3:14 – 21. As I got to verse 19 I was almost unable to pray.
A New Perspective
I have studied Ephesians multiple times. I have translated the book from Greek to English. I have parts of it memorized. I use the content of the book pretty much all of the time. It is one of the core books for what I have been called to do. But, as far as I remember I have never prayed Ephesians 3:19 for anyone.
As I began to pray through the content for my wife, the immensity of what Paul was praying overwhelmed me. Both phrases blew me away. I am going with a literal translation of the Greek here:
- To know the that which is beyond knowing love of Christ
- In order that (with the result that) you may be filled up into all the fullness of God.
I was stunned. I got through the prayer and then prayed that for myself. I will do that for others and did later. But the content, to know what is unknowable, to be filled with that which would overwhelm me, is almost – no that is not strong enough – it is incomprehensible that Paul prayed that.
But that is the assignment. It also aligns with Paul’s view of what we are to be as believers. He states it again in Colossians 1:21 – 29; 2:6 – 10. Begin to pray that for yourself and your kids. I am.