Since public prayers serve as examples, pastors often model their own prayers on examples from the Scriptures. Teaching from Ephesians 3, D. A. Carson explores Paul’s prayer for believers to be particularly empowered to grasp God’s great love. We need the Lord to strengthen us from within in order to develop this understanding; it is only through a deepening knowledge of His love that we can grow into true Christian maturity. When pastors and congregations pray aligned with God’s purposes and character, the ultimate result is His glory.
14For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom every family3 in heaven and on earth is named, 16that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
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