Praying Big Prayers

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now 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, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians 3:14-21

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Dogwood Canyon Nature Park Overlook | October 2019

Have you ever prayed a big prayer? It’s easy and good to pray little prayers. Come, Lord Jesus. Be our guest. Let these gifts to us be blessed. Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray Thee, Lord, my soul to keep. Glad and well may I awake. This I ask for Jesus’ sake. 

There are also those more meaty prayers we pray. Our Father who art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen. 

And we lift up sometimes, more urgent prayers. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. 

This prayer is a big prayer. Paul is asking for God to grant us strength and power by the presence of Spirit in our inner being. He is praying that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith. He is asking that we be rooted and grounded in love, and have strength to comprehend the breadth and length and height and depth of his love in Christ. He’s asking that for all the saints. He’s asking that we know unknowable the love of Christ. He’s praying that we be filled with all the fullness of God.

This is a big prayer. It deserves praying as often as we repeat the Lord’s Prayer. Let’s pray big prayers today!

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