Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ephesians 3:14-17

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. 16 I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, 17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.

Questions to consider:
  • What do you think is the significance of the statement "from whom every family in heave and on earth takes its name"?
  • What might be "the riches of his glory'?
  • What do you think it means to be strengthened in your inner being? Where does that strengthening come from?
  • What does it look like to be rooted and grounded in love?
Possibilities for prayer:

The idea of working to strengthen one's body is not unfamiliar to most of us--we've likely all seen the commercials on the TV or heard them on the radio, inviting us to join and make our bodies stronger. But here, the author prays for the strengthening of our inner being through the power of the Holy Spirit. Let's pray that prayer for ourselves today, that the Holy Spirit would strengthen our very souls, giving us the courage to be honest, faithful, to serve God, and to love well.