We are on a quest to unit-read 65 of the 66 books of the Bible. By “unit-reading,” we mean reading through the book at one sitting. The overall theme or focus of many of the books of God’s Word will be readily seen when one sits down (with a strong cup of coffee) and reads straight through the book.
Today’s book is Ephesians, an incredible letter emphasizing several themes. Much attention is given to the spiritual blessings we have in Christ, the fact that we were deserving of God’s wrath, and the matter of God’s mystery in reaching out to the Gentiles.
Very practical advice is given about living out the Christian life. I was deeply impressed with Paul’s prayer in chapter three:
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
What a meaty prayer! I need to pray that kind of prayer for others — and have them pray that kind of prayer for me!