The letters Paul wrote to the churches all throughout the Roman Empire give us a rich record of what he taught about prayer, and allow us to peer in and read many of his prayers. In this passage he asked that the Holy Spirit, dwelling in our hearts, would give believers power to grasp the vastness of God’s love. Now, math may not be your favorite academic subject, but I love Paul’s geometrical reference in these verses. He wants you to know and grasp the width, length, height and depth of God’s love for you. My prayer for you is that you will come to an awareness that God’s love is infinitely great in every dimension. His power, demonstrated in his love and willingness to forgive, is available to us even in our weakest moments. We do not have to remain alienated from God, we can be liberated because of what God has done in Christ on our behalf. And for all this we can echo “to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 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, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
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, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.