Posted by: thaishin | February 6, 2016

Prayer for our spiritual life

The passage for today’s teaching comes from Ephesians 3:16-19

Ephesians 3

16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.  -kjv

16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 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, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  -niv

16 I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, 17 and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, 19 and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  -hcsb

Michael Rydelnik on open line moody radio January 30, 2016:

We all recognize that we should pray for our spiritual lives, the problem is too often we do not know what to pray for about our spiritual lives. What should we pray for specifically when praying for our own growth? We will take a look at Ephesians about what to pray for about our spiritual lives. Last week, we talk about our proper attitude in prayer. This week we will look at Ephesians 3 starting at verse 16. Paul gives four specific areas that he was praying for the Ephesians. It also gives four specific areas that we can pray for ourselves as we pray for our spiritual growth from Ephesians 3: 16-19. Well, here’s the first of four specific request we can make. First, we should pray for the strengthening of our spiritual lives. He says that in verse 16 that he prays that we would be strengthened with power, that means God would powerfully strengthen the inner man, that’s referring to the spiritual aspect that we have, the non material, the part that lives forever. That we would be strengthened in the inner man by His Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the instrument that God uses to strengthen us. The question is how would God answer that prayer? If you look at a parallel passage in Romans 8:4-5, this is what Paul says: That we walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit for those whose lives are according to the flesh think about the things that are of the flesh but those whose lives are according to the Spirit about the things of the Spirit. It seems to me the way to be strengthened in our spiritual lives in answer to this prayer, what God would use to answer this prayer is that we need to feed the spiritual life and that’s what God does to answer that prayer. So, how do we feed it? We keep our minds on spiritual things, we feed ourselves with the word, we feed ourselves with worship, we feed ourselves spiritually with witness, to share our faith, we feed ourselves with washings, with constant confession for the things that we are doing that displease God and He restores us to fellowship. So, if we focus on things of the Spirit, God will answer this prayer by the power of His Spirit. So, first of all, we should pray for the strengthening of our spiritual lives, second of all, we should pray for the Messiah’s control of our lives. Verse 17 says that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. Every believer has the Messiah living within them. In Romans, it says if we don’t have the Spirit, we don’t belong to Him. It says in Ephesians 1 that every believer is sealed with the Spirit until the day of redemption. What is it talking about? Well, there’s two greek words that mean dwell. In Greek, one refers to a temporary residence, the one that’s used here means a permanent, deep rooted residence. Of course when the Holy Spirit comes to live within us when we become believers in Jesus, he indwells us. But, this is talking about the Holy Spirit taking up space in every room in our lives to really control every aspect of us. When the Holy Spirit comes into our lives, he never will leave and he needs to take over. We need to pray not only for strengthening of our spiritual lives but that the Messiah will come and take control of our lives. Thirdly, we need to pray to comprehend God’s love in verse 17. The reason that God’s love is so crucial that we need to know it and pray that we comprehend it is that’s the basis of our relationship with Him. We need to be rooted as this passage says in the soil of His love, we need to be grounded and founded in the building as the building is in the ground of His love like a foundation. Those are both perfect tenses we talk about, being rooted as in verse 17, and also firmly established, that means bounded. They are perfect tenses in greek, that means they are past events with continuing effects, so we became rooted, we became grounded but we need to continue to stay in that knowledge and deepen that knowledge of God’s love. How much can we know? God’s love is immeasurable, it says. He prays that we would know the length, which is stretched from eternity to eternity, the width, which is wide enough to reach the whole world, especially Ephesians, Jews and Gentiles alike, the height, high enough to raise us up to the heavenly places, in Ephesians 1 and the depth, which is deep enough to rescue us from all sins and humiliations and bondage. That’s God’s love. It is immeasurable. The importance of knowing this is crucial to our spiritual lives because if we just have a growing knowledge of God’s love, it motivates our obedience because we always want to please the one we love, it encourages our worship because we want to praise the one we love and it enables our fellowship, we want to spend time with God, we want to spend time with the one who loves us. So, we need to comprehend God’s love, that’s what we are praying for, we need to pray for Messiah’s control of our lives as well as we need to pray for God’s strengthening of our spiritual lives, verse 19 says we should pray to experience God’s fullness, that means allowing God to fill every part of our being. How can we have the full measure of God, well the whole ocean can’t be put in an 8 ounce glass. But for those of us who are likening ourselves to an 8 ounce glass, we can put an 8 ounce of ocean water into an 8 ounce glass even though the ocean is so large . What this is saying is that everything that God has for us, the full measure of His power and strength and encouragement and hope and love, all He has for us that we will have the full measure of it. I think too often we don’t want all that God has for us. I think sometimes we have low expectations. Sometimes we say I like 2 ounces of God please, that’s all we want. That’s not what we want, we want the full measure of all that He has for us and that’s what we are praying for.

 

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Responses

  1. WOW Thai Thin. These were extra good portions of scripture from Ephesians which looks like you liked and enjoyed. Yes the Book of Ephesians has wonderful knowledge to read about and apply to our lives.

  2. Prefer to see your comments/thoughts, rather than cut and paste from Moody


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