Powerful prayer in Ephesians 3

The Verse of the Day for June 6, 2017 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. This prayer is one of the most powerful expressions of God’s desire for His people found in Ephesians 3:14-21 rendered in the New King James Version:

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;
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

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, we 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 the 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. Chapter 3 of Ephesians became the inspiration behind this poetic expression of our 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 our eyes that we might openly see;
Expand our minds and widen our comprehension
To understand the temple of the mystery.
Teach us to fully comprehend each dimension
And ascertain the magnitude without measure:
Reveal to us the true length,
though it is endless;
Teach us to find the full breadth,
though it is boundless;
Help us to reach the vast height,
though it is measureless;
Teach us to probe the great depth,
though it is fathomless.
Show us 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 us the value of this priceless treasure,
The riches of the glory of this mystery
Held in the secret places of your good pleasure.
Take our hand to lead, guide, and direct us as youths,
All those who live to explore the depths of your truths.

To conclude this entry, we offer this prayer expressed musically by Shannon R. Linville based on Ephesians 3:14-21:

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