“I bow my knees before the Father,.. that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:14-19
I recently read a piece on the depth of prayer modeled in the Scriptures compared with what we tend to pray for. There is a place to ask God to meet practical and urgent needs, for healing and protection, but what would change if we were to pray with Paul’s heart for the deeper things? It is easy to see the specific answers of a passed exam, a benign diagnosis, safe passage, but it also does something profound for us when we seek adjustments of mindset, changes in affections, quelled rebellion, needed spiritual discernment, increased fruit of the Spirit like patience and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Clouds make for more spectacular vistas than clear blue does. I think of a clear day’s prayers as those that scratch the surface. Just as clouds in the sky make for a richer, more layered glory, life-clouds– challenges and longings and tragedies– drive us to more significant searching, to grow in many-faceted understanding of God’s character and ways, to fortify our faith and trust in His supernatural intervention, to develop godly attributes. Is this our desire?
“It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:9-11
When prayer goes deep, vision is elevated, our expectation is broader, our thinking is more cogent. We worship and serve an infinite, indescribable God Who longs to do in and for us beyond our imagining, and to sanctify even our prayers, unto His beautiful honor. (Ephesians 3:20-21)
“We have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” Colossians 1:9-12
Father, drive me down on my knees deeper into Your truths and character as I pray. Inform my thinking and take control of my hopes and wants, that they reflect what You want for me and those for whom I pray. As You work in response, may Your magnificent glory be revealed, relished, and proclaimed.