Prayer for Spiritual Strength
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family[c] in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Here we are in the book of Ephesians. Paul has been imprisoned and from his letter to the Ephesians, we can tell that the church in Ephesus is obviously distressed.
Yet, Paul writes in Eph 3:14-21, that the root of spiritual strength is understanding the character of God and all the blessings He has given. He prays that we would be strengthened by the Spirit to understand how much God loves us. Gaining strength is knowing that God is a God of love, and remembering Christ’s sacrifice of love at the cross.
The church in Ephesus was told not to be disheartened even though Paul was in prison. The main church leader had been imprisoned, and it seemed to them that they would be aimless, lost and hopeless. Yet, Paul turns their focus towards Jesus – Jesus is the centre of everything and His love is the root of Christianity.
For what is physical imprisonment when you can know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, and are filled with all the fullness of God?
Therefore, may we be less disheartened about our suffering on earth. There is news all around about persecution of the Christians, but when we focus on Jesus, we remember that victory is ours already, and the God of love will strengthen us in our time of need.