“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 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, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
- Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV)
These are the words of the Apostle Paul to Christ followers located in the city of Ephesus. He is expressing to them the exact prayer that he was offering up to God on their behalf. This prayer is still relevant today, for Christ followers everywhere. This scripture has always intrigued me. God dropped this passage in my heart after a season of fasting and prayer, and it has guided me for many years since that time. The love of Christ is truly beyond the realm of human understanding and reasoning, yet Paul’s prayer is that we would comprehend the vastness of that love. Why? It’s so that we would demonstrate that kind of love in our everyday relationships and experiences. Additionally, that comprehension of God’s love will result in being filled with the fullness of God. I don’t know about you, but that simultaneously overwhelms and excites me! To think that I could have the capacity to be filled with God’s fullness – His wisdom, His grace, His power, His goodness, etc., etc., gives me amazing motivation. In short, if He’s offering it, then I WANT IT ALL!
Question: How can I show someone His love today?
Challenge: Through this time of fasting and journaling, take moments in your day to see His love in something - like a sunrise, a smile on a child’s face, or maybe a word of encouragement from a friend. Today, try and reflect His love in someone’s life.
Lord, I stand in awe of You. I want all of Your fullness to dwell in me, and I will do whatever I can to avail myself of Your greatness. So, during this season of fasting and prayer, I empty myself so that you can fill me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.