Sunday, May 27, 2007

Bits and Pieces: Love

" that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fulness of God, " (Ephesians 3:17--19).

* Paul prays four things for the Ephesian believers in these verses: (1) for their Christ-centered faith; (2) for their stability in love; (3) for their appreciation of the enormity of Christ's love; (4) that they be filled up to all the fullness of God! How like the author of the love chapter to place such a premium in prayer upon love.
What a challenge to the way we pray for others!

* As evidenced in the enormity of these requests by Paul for the Ephesian believers, the more intimately one knows the Lord Jesus, the greater the vision of his praying. And central to Paul's desire for them was a foundation, growth, and maturity in the Savior's love. Oh, that the Holy Spirit would grant us such love-centered vision in our praying for others.

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