In Pauls prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21 he has four main points of emphasis. They are not separate requests, but they build on top of one another. (Kind of like Lego’s)
A. Strength – I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being. This is a great place to start in praying for someone. WE ALL NEED STRENGTH. The Greek word for power is “dunamei”, from which we get our word dynamite. 2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
B. Depth – So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love. Paul gives three words related to depth. Dwell, Rooted & Established. Dwell – Refers to a place of being. Somewhere you spend your time. Rooted – Means connected. Established – Refers to a seasoned connection to something for an extended period of time. Psalms 1:1-3 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
C. Grasp – This means to comprehend or understand. ¨How wide is God’s love? It is immense. It reaches to all peoples, nations, sins, needs and cares in the world. How long is His love? It is everlasting and unconditional. How high is His love? It is high enough to take those who are saved to heaven. How deep is His love? It is deep enough to rescue even the worst of sinners.
D. Fullness – That you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Filled – Totally void of anything else. God’s Spirit would have total dominance in the individual’s life.
3. Benediction – Ephesians 3:20-21 – Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. Let’s look at what God is able to do in verse 20: He is able. There is nothing that God cannot do. He is able to do. God is not idle or asleep, but active in our lives. He is able to do immeasurably more. His expectations are higher than our requests. He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask. He listens to our prayers. He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. God knows our thoughts.