Talk about a powerhouse prayer

Ephesians 3--16

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19 KJV

Re-posted from last year’s entry, the Verse of the Day for June 6, 2015 is part of a prayer that God inspired Paul to write for the “Saints at Ephesus and to the faithful in Christ Jesus,” which would include all followers of the Lord Jesus, including you and me. Verses 14-16 introduce the prayer in this manner:

14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

As Chapter 3 of Ephesians unfolds, Paul mentions the concept of “the mystery.” In a previous blog entry related to the mystery as revealed in Colossians 1:27, I note that Dr. Mark Hanby refers to “the mystery of the one body,” as part of the “progressive revelation of God”—reflected in God’s desire for a dwelling place, displayed in Tabernacle in the Wilderness (first dimension) leading to Solomon’s Temple (second dimension), and culminating in the Temple of the Living God, the body of Christ (third dimension).

Derived from the Greek word musterion translated “sacred secret,” the essence of “this mystery” is that Jews and Gentiles would be united in one body, the Body of Christ. This “great mystery” was hidden in Christ before the foundations of the earth. Had Satan known this mystery or great secret, the Scriptures declare that he never would have crucified the Lord of glory, Jesus Christ. The mystery was revealed to the Apostle Paul as the context of the Verse of the Day indicates.

In Chapter 3 of Ephesians, Paul speaks of the spiritual impact that the Church, the Body of Christ, was designed to demonstrate:

Ephesians 3:10 (New Living Translation)

God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.

God’s desire is that members of the Body of Christ, both individually and corporately, might know and apprehend more fully the meaning of “the mystery of the one body.” The passage from which the Verse of the Day is taken expresses God’s desire for us. After reading Chapter 3 of Ephesians, I express my yearning to understand the riches of the glory of this mystery to a greater degree in this way:

Oh, To See the Mystery

Ephesians 3


Enlighten my eyes that I might openly see;

Expand my mind and widen my comprehension

To understand the temple of the mystery.

Teach me to fully comprehend each dimension

And ascertain the magnitude without measure:

Reveal to me the true length,

though it is endless;

Teach me to find the full breadth,

though it is boundless;

Help me to reach the vast height,

though it is measureless;

Teach me to probe the great depth,

though it is fathomless.

Show me your divine design for the inner man.

Make plain the purpose, the pattern, the symmetry

Unfolded in the blueprints of your master plan

For the One Body, temple of awesome beauty.

Share with me the value of this priceless treasure,

The riches of the glory of this mystery

Held in the secret places of your good pleasure.

Take my hand and lead me, as you would guide a youth,

A son who lives to explore the depths of your truth.

To conclude this entry, here is an apostolic prayer based on Ephesians 3:14-21 offered by Dwayne Roberts.

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