Authentic Prayer: Growth

Ephesians 3:20 GW

I’m asking God to give you a gift from the wealth of his glory. I pray that he would give you inner strength and power through his Spirit. Then Christ will live in you through faith. I also pray that love may be the ground into which you sink your roots and on which you have your foundation.
Ephesians 3:16-17

God has a plan—and infinite power—to move you to spiritual maturity.

The apostle Paul explains, “Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20).

Prayer positions you for growth. Prayer by and for you welcomes God to use his might to change you. Prayer for others invites him to transform them with a gift “from the wealth of his glory” (Ephesians 3:16). When Paul talks to the Lord about his Ephesian friends, he asks that they would experience the Spirit’s strength and that their faith would comprehend Christ’s presence in them. He wants all God’s people to grasp “how wide, long, high, and deep his love is” (Ephesians 3:18). It’s a love far beyond any human understanding.

Prayer allows you to be completely filled with God. You can be sure that when you ask the Lord to grow you, that’s a request he won’t refuse. And when people you care about won’t open their lives to God’s work, your prayer invites him near.

Inspired by Ephesians 3:14-21



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