I am going to take this opportunity to put on my pastor hat for a moment. Normally I try to write this devotional in the third person, in a generic way, so that anyone could pick it up and use it. Today I want to break out of that mode and speak as a pastor. Whenever I read one of Paul’s prayers for his people (there are many sprinkled throughout his letters; check out Philippians 1:9-11 for another great one) I can’t help but stop and pray it for the people I serve. This prayer in Ephesians is especially dear to my heart. Listen to these words again, only this time, hear it as a specific prayer for the people who in your church.
“I pray that God will give you great strength in your inner being that can only come through the power of His Holy Spirit. I want you to have this strength so that Christ might dwell inside of your hearts, reigning through every fiber of your being. I also pray that love will permeate every cell of your body, that it would become part of your DNA, because then your heart and mind will be big enough to begin to understand Jesus’ love for you. I say begin to understand, because His love is so big that you can’t grasp it. It’s so high that you can’t climb it; so deep that you can’t swim to it; so wide that you can’t see its end — His love is beyond comprehension. Yet, with the strength of God’s Holy Spirit you can latch on to it, and, through it, be transformed into all the Jesus is and wants you to be. That’s really my prayer; that you would become like Jesus, that you would be filled to overflowing with the presence of God.
Oh, and by the way, there is only one reason, ultimately, that I pray this for you. It is because of God’s glory. Everything we do and everything we strive for is from God and for God. We give him all the praise.”
I challenge you to meditate on this prayer and let its implications for your life soak in today.