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Bible Gem 659 - Another of Paul's Powerful Prayers (Eph 3:16-21)

March 31, 2018

I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. 

Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God's love and keep you strong. 

And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. 

May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. 

Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 

Glory to Him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. (Eph 3:16-21)

 

Here is another deep prayer of Paul's. Let's apply propositional analysis to this prayer like we did to the one long Greek sentence in chapter one. 

 

I have chosen the more literal NASB Version

 

that He would grant you, 

according to the riches of His glory, 

to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,

so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; 

   and that you,  being rooted and grounded in love,

may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 

and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, 

    that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. 

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, 

      according to the power that works within us, 

to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. 

 

The propositions of the long Greek sentence were all layered in indented clauses or elements. That is because they were all connected relative clauses or phrases. Take careful note of where each element in Paul's prayer starts. That gives you the key to the relationship of each part to the whole.  Take time to ponder the layout of how the elements are connected together and think about the connections and the implications. We will start to pull it apart tomorrow. (But not in as much detail as I did with the long sentence.)

 

 

Satan sends worry. If we took it and prayed then he would send less worry. Mark Conner

 

If you're worrying, you're praying to the wrong God.

 

The power of prayer doesn't depend on the virtue of the one who prays, but on the unchanging love of the one who hears. Bob Gass

 

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