Pastors Chris and Lauren continue our new series titled: Immeasurably More. This series is based out of Ephesians, the letter the Apostle Paul wrote to the Church in Emphasis.
Ephesians 3:14-21, “For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family 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.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
God deeply desires for us to have a life of “Immeasurably More.” But the question for us is, what will we do in order to step into that life? And this type of more life that God wants for us is beyond anything we can ever dream. Take your best life and picture it right now in your mind. God wants even more than that for you. Stepping into this life is not an easy one. Over the next few weeks we will explore what this looks like.
Wrapping up our series with part 4, Pastors Lauren and Chris add a final tool for our tool belt, prayer. Prayer is an incredibly powerful resource that we have through the Holy Spirit. Prayer changes things. Pray bold prayers. Now is not the time to pray small. Prayer comes in many different shapes and forms. Personal, focused, vulnerable prayers are some of the best. Breath prayers, scripture prayers, memorized prayers, journaled prayers, song prayers, prayer walks and so many more are incredible. But there are times, like we face right now, when God is calling us to bigger prayers. Even to audacious prayers!
The entire passage we’ve been focusing on in Ephesians is a prayer. It’s Paul’s prayer for the Church in Ephesus that we can learn from and pray for ourselves as a church as well. When the need is big, our prayers must become big and God is inviting us to draw close to Him through our prayers. Prayer changes things. Sometimes this is the answer to prayer, and sometimes this is the one who is praying the audacious prayer. However, the need for our dependence upon His love, grace and mercy has never been more clear. How are you praying prayers of dependence on God?