“For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches, He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 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” (Ephesians 3:14-18).

We have represented in this wonderful prayer the blessed Trinity: The Father granting the Spirit of power; the Spirit revealing Christ in the heart; that through Christ and the Spirit, we may be filled unto all the fullness of God. As God dwells in heaven as the Triune One, even so He dwells in our hearts. In speaking of his conversion, Paul says it was the good pleasure of God to reveal His Son in him that he might preach among the Gentiles. When he preached the unsearchable riches of Christ, he spoke of Him as dwelling in the heart, and he desired that none of his hearers be without that experience. Paul pleaded with God to strengthen them with power in the inner life.

Let us begin where Paul begins: in urgent prayer for ourselves and for God’s children. Let us plead with God that out of His glorious riches he might lift us out of our frail state and bring us into a life that will glorify Him. It is our responsibility as God’s people to receive the strengthening power. God wants to do it. Who will wait to receive it? What is more, who will yield himself, like Paul, to be an intercessor? Who will plead with and for the believers around him that they may learn to expect the almighty power of God to work in them? Who will plead that what has appeared beyond their reach may become the object of their longing desire and their confident assurance: a life of faith in which Christ truly lives in them.

Adapted from Power in Prayer