A Short Study of Ephesians 3:17-18
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height ”
When the apostle prayed for the believers at Ephesus, he prayed that they might be strengthened inwardly in the heart. He prays that they would continue to grow in faith and love toward Christ; to know more of His love toward His elect. I pray that God would teach us to pray this way for each other. Often we just pray for temporary and natural things instead of spiritual things and eternal things. Oh to know more of His love for us!!
The “breadth” or scope of His love; far reaching to all the lost sheep (John 3:16; 1st John 4:10).
The “length” of His love, to all eternity; His love for His church has no beginning and no end (Jeremiah 31:3; John 13:1; John 17:23).
The “depth” of His love, to the lowest sinner in the gutter of guilt and cesspool of sin (Romans 5:8; 1st Timothy 1:15; Hebrews 7:25).
The “height” of His love, to the throne of grace and the glory of God that shines in Christ (Romans 8:28-39; Ephesians 2:4-6; Hebrews 4:16).
Pray also as Paul did with confidence, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)
Dear LORD, teach us to pray with faith believing and resting, that with our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ all things are possible (Mark 9:23; Mark 10:27; 1st John 5:14-15).