We come to one of the most profound sentences in the Word.
I include it all today, though we shall take a “bite at a time…”
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
“For this reason…”
Paul used the same phrase in verse 1.
He is drawing conclusions.
The immediate context gives the reason.
God’s eternal purpose.
We are not to lose heart.
For this reason, Paul bowed his knees before the Father and prayed that they would be strengthened.
In the strength of the Lord they would not lose heart.
Look at the main truth. We will examine some details later.
Paul prayed that they would be strengthened by Father.
This strength is in the power of the Spirit.
In the inner being!
The strength is for purpose.
Read it again.
The Love of Christ.
And, to be filled with the fullness of God.
May we do so.
May we pray for one another in like manner.
...to the praise of the glory of His grace...