The Key to Everything

The book of Ephesians records a powerful prayer that the Apostle Paul prayed as a blessing over the saints in Ephesus, but which could also apply to all believers throughout all times:

Could this prayer be the key to everything pertaining to living out a Godly life of faith? Paul wants us to be able to comprehend how much Christ loves us so that we can be filled with the fullness of God; we can have everything we need! But, how can those who have wrestled with condemnation and rejection from early childhood have the ability to receive the boundless love of God to such an extent that they are overwhelmed and filled with His mercy and grace?

First, in order to do this, we need to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in our inner being (see Eph. 3:16). Moreover, if Paul could pray this prayer for us, then we can join with him in asking the Lord for his Holy Spirit to help us have this kind of faith—the strength we need to comprehend and experience His perfect love. This experiential love goes beyond our mere knowledge about it; it fills us to the point that our doubts and fears are driven out (1 John 4:18).

Paul goes on to describe in the fourth chapter of Ephesians other ways we can open our hearts to receive and live in His love:

*Be renewed in the spirit of our minds(Eph. 4:23)

* Speak in ways that convey grace (4:29)—even when speaking to ourselves!

*Do not allow sinful anger; that is, unjustified anger from which you have not repented before “the sun goes down” (Eph. 4:26).

*Speak only truth and not lies (4:25).

*Do not grieve the Holy Spirit (4:30).

*Be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving 4:32).

The list of how to prepare our hearts to fully receive His love could go on and on; but the point is, we must do our part (thankfully, by the power of His Spirit) to be enabled to supernaturally comprehend God’s infinite love. It may be a process, but the Lord desires for each of His children to experience and live out their lives bathed in the grace and peace of Jesus’ precious love (see John 3:16).