I LOVED PARAPHRASING THE HAPPY BOOK of Ephesians.
Paul cared a bunch for the Christians who lived in the city of Ephesus, on the west coast of Turkey. You can tell it perhaps most of all in a short prayer he prayed for them.
Paul’s prayer for strength
All of this that I’m going through makes me drop to my knees before the Father, who knows the name of every family in heaven and on earth.
I’m asking that God would draw from the storehouse of his treasure to find strength and power that he can pass along to you, from his Spirit to your spirit.
I’m praying, too that the Messiah will live on in you through your faith, which grows its roots deep into love.
I want you and all believers everywhere to receive the spiritual power that it takes to understand just how wide and long and sky-high and ocean-deep is the love of Christ.
You can’t know it intellectually by filling up on facts. You have to fill up on God. Fill up all the way to the top.
Paul’s energetic benediction
To God, who can do more than we could ever think to ask,
I say glory, praise, and hallelujah. Praise him in the church and in the name of Jesus Christ from generation to generation to forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:14-21 Casual English Bible
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