Prayer to Understand God’s Love

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Daily God Walk for Monday, May 30, 2011

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:17-19

 Paul makes an interesting connection between love, power and the fullness of God in this passage. He speaks of being rooted and established in love so that they, or we as the church, may have power. Could it really be true that he is saying spiritual power is directly linked to our agape [God-love]? And, consequently, our fullness of God [Holy Spirit] also hinges on our agape?

Paul seems to be expressing a great concern for the body of Christ in understanding just what it is to love as God would have us to love. This prayer begins in verse 14, “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.” What was “this reason?”

He had just finished writing about the great mystery of the gospel and the unsearchable riches of Christ made available to all of mankind. Then he speaks of the intent of God for revealing Christ: “His intent was that now through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms” (v10-11). He was giving the church a mandate to proclaim Christ to the world and in so doing to let the powers (presumably evil powers) of the heavenly realms know that Christ rules supreme.

 It was for that reason he prayed for the church to understand God’s love. With God’s love we can conquer evil, without his love we can never overcome evil. I see people today who fight evil using the tactics of the world system. They are demonstrating and protesting and all they seem to accomplish is getting a bad name for the church. What would happen if we offered acts of kindness, compassion and love instead of responding to their evil with anger and outrage?

The only way evil powers in the spirit realm will know the love of God is if we show it to them.

 Prayer: Lord, I am often moved to anger over the evil I see in the world. Grant me grace to return loving acts for evil. In Jesus name, amen.

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