I pray 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: 16-19

 

These words are a grand prayer of a life savvy senior pastor for the people that he knows and loves. Paul was a man who had known of God for his entire life; he was a man who could discuss the intricacies of faith with anybody, for he could go toe to toe with any religious scholar of his day and come out the winner. He had a great mind, a tenacious spirit, and a desire to win in any religious debate. Yet Paul was an empty shell of a man spiritually until Jesus introduced Himself to Paul’s heart, and filled him with a love that was beyond comprehension. It was love that made Paul full, and it was Christ who made all of that knowledge useful.

 

This prayer is about allowing Christ to go deep into the heart, to fill the emptiness, and to recreate the core of our beings. This prayer is all about allowing Him to fill us with His strength and with the power that is found in Christ’s Spirit. This is about letting God penetrate into the most hidden recesses of our hearts and our minds. This is a statement of trust and of faith. As we trust God with more of our heart’s hidden places, He will change those dark corners into places where the glory of His love resides, and He will give us the faith that we need to trade in a life lived out of human weakness for one where we live in His strength.

 

The more deeply we open up our hearts and minds and allow Christ to go into ourselves, the more we get to know Him. We come to experience the expanse of the endless, boundless love that Jesus has for us and for everyone. It is this deep rooted and all encompassing love that broke through the hard shell of knowledge that surrounded Paul’s heart. It is this same love that goes deep into our hearts. This is the love that continually softens the hard corners and drives out the doubts and the fears that are hiding in the recesses of our souls.