“ Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians1:3).

These opening words of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians give us a summary of the truth of the gospel and also reveal the depth of Paul’s experience in the true Christian life. As truly as the blessings are in Christ, so truly is our life in Him. Life and blessing are inseparably intertwined. Abiding in Christ means abiding in the heavenly places and in all the spiritual blessings with which God has blessed us in Him. Faith in Christ is meant to be nothing less than unceasing dependence and fellowship with Him and receiving from Him every grace the soul can possibly need. As absolute and continuous contact with the air for my physical life, so is my soul kept in fellowship with the Lord Jesus. This is what Scripture means by the words Christ is our life; Christ lives in me; To me to live is Christ. What riches of grace are ours! Many confess to a lack of a deep spiritual life, and many prayers for its deepening are made. Yet there is often ignorance as to what is needed to bring a Christian to a strong and joyous life in Christ. Nothing can meet our need better than the adoring worship of the Holy Trinity. It is upon God the Father, who has blessed us in Christ Jesus that our expectations rest. It is in Christ that blessing is to be found is we continue in close and unceasing fellowship with Him. It is through the Holy Spirit that the presence of the Father and Son in divine power can be known and experienced.

“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1).

Adapted from “Power in Prayer” by A. Murray