Source: Mary Padgett Ministries

Scripture:  Ephesians 3:14 & 16  “I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ … that He would x
The Apostle Paul was in prison when he wrote these words.  Yet he was not concerned with his own problems and discontent.  Instead, he was concerned for the needs of the body of Christ.  Because of these concerns, he bowed his knee and prayed this prayer for the Church that their inner man would be strengthened with might, power, and ability.  This can only happen by the work of the Holy Spirit as He comes to dwell personally within our innermost being.

Paul continued to pray in the next few verses that Christ would actually dwell in our hearts by our faith.  When Jesus dwells in our hearts, He settles down, abides, and makes His permanent home there.  He is not just an overnight guest, but is there to stay.  And like any natural situation, the longer that we live with Him and are exposed to His person, the more like Him we become.  We gradually begin to take on His attributes and characteristics.  His strength becomes our strength and we become rooted and grounded in His love because He is love.  The deeper our roots grow in His love, the more secure we become in Him.  Paul prayed that we would have the power to comprehend the breadth, length, height, and depth of this love.

The love of Jesus comes as we live with Him and experience Him on a daily basis.  His love passes mere knowledge that has no experience.  You may have had an experience in your life where you just knew that you could live with a particular individual, but as you began to live with that close friend or relative, the relationship proved the truth.  You either bonded in love or separated in disharmony.
Paul’s prayer for us is that our hearts bond with God and that our spirits be filled with His being.  He desires that we be filled with God’s glory, for we are designed for divine purposes.
God is able to do far more than we can ask or think, but He only works according to the power that is working within us.  If we want to become all that God intended for us to be, we must allow Him to strengthen our inner man.  We must make an effort to know and experience the fullness of the divine Presence of God Himself.
By Mary Padgett Ministries


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