Experiencing God Fully

A Passionate Prayer

Text: "For this reason I bow my knees to the Father...that He would grant youthat you may be filled with all the fullness of GodNow to Himbe gloryforever and ever. Amen" (Excerpts from Eph. 3:14-21).

Thought: Among God's desires for us as His people is that we experience God Himself fully in our lives. And this points us to the passage of Scripture before us. This desire of God is seen and sensed in the Apostle Paul's prayer for the believers in Ephesus, and it is God's desire for us today. The prayer is all about experiencing God in His fullness in our lives.

The Primary Reason for This Prayer (14-15)
It might surprise you to know that this is the only time that Paul speaks of bowing his own knees in prayer. What was the real reason for this passionate payer? The Apostle is concerned for the spiritual growth of the Ephesians. They need to experience the truths of the Lord that Paul had taught and experienced Himself. In addition, this prayer is a bridge between the great truths of the first half of the letter, and the application of those truths in the second half of the letter. Paul is going to call these Ephesians to a "worthy walk," and to a "strong stand," that are radically different from the world around them.  

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