14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so 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, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Paul unleashes an incredible prayer over the church in this passage. In the center of this prayer, he is asking that the church would know something that surpasses knowledge: the love of Jesus.
It is impossible to know the width, breadth, and depth of God’s love for you. It’s far too massive.
But it doesn’t mean we give up learning it. On the contrary—we are to lean into this love all the while praying that the Holy Spirit of God would supernaturally reveal a little more of this love to us each day.
Whenever I tell my kids how much I love them they smile and say with all sincerity, “I love you too, Daddy.” But they can’t possibly grasp how much I love them and I can’t possibly explain it in such a way that they can understand. But I can demonstrate it in new and different ways and they can experience it in new and different ways. In doing so, they will learn more and more the love of their father.
God loves you. More than you know. This weekend, we launched a 40-day journey to help us be rooted and established in the love of Jesus. Although this love surpasses knowledge, God can demonstrate it and we can experience it in new and different ways. As we begin with day one of this journey, let’s pray this prayer for God to do a supernatural work within us.
Today’s Prayer: Father, I pray that out of your glorious riches you would strengthen me with power through the Holy Spirit to my very core, so that Jesus Christ may dwell in my heart through faith. I pray that I, being rooted and established in love, would have power, together with all of Your holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus, and to personally know this love that surpasses knowledge—that I may be filled to the measure of all your fullness.
God, you can do immeasurably more than all I can ask or even imagine, by the power of Your Spirit at work within me. May the work that you do in me over these next 40 days bring glory to you, may everything we do as a church bring glory to you, and may the impact ripple on for generations to come. Amen.