Ephesians 3:14-21
1 Peter 4:15-17
“Yet if any man suffer as a Christian,
let him not be ashamed …”
Bowing the knees is figurative of prayer, and Paul petitioned the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. It was in Antioch that believers were called “Christians” for the first time (Acts 11:26). It was a name that the enemies used to chide them, but it remained as a name to their honour. Paul accepted that name before King Agrippa in Acts 26:28. He said that in Christ the whole family in heaven and earth was named. Peter also said that if any man suffered as a Christian, he would glorify God.
Paul prayed that God, according to His riches in glory, may grant four things:
1. that they may be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man;
2. that Christ may dwell in their hearts by faith and that they might be rooted and grounded in love;
3. that they may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height (of God’s love);
4. that they may know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that they might be filled with all the fulness of God.
He finished his prayer with a benediction, committing the Ephesian Christians to Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that they ask or think, according to the power that works in them. The Apostle used this superlative expression because God is above all and He can do all things. Thus he ended his benediction: “Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
The Lord did not only answer that prayer concerning Ephesus. He has answered it with regard to all churches of the Gentiles through all history since then. It is a prayer for our church today.
THOUGHT: All Christian activities are for the glory of God.
PRAYER: Lord, may the exceeding riches of Thy glory be mine.