Ephesians 3:14-21 "Abundance beyond our imagination"
Some commentators have said that this prayer is one of the “real gems” of this short letter and in fact of the New Testament. It
is a powerful expression of the abundance God makes available to every human being.
Ephesians 3:14–21 contains three parts.
First, it begins in Ephesians 3:14-15 by describing the one praying. The one delivering the prayer comes on their knees before the divine Father. There are a number of ways we see Christians praying in the New Testament. On one’s knees is an
ancient posture for praying. There is no reason to assume that this is the only way one can come before God. A unique description of God follows in Ephesians 3:15. In the context of Ephesians the point being made is that the God of the Lord Jesus Christ is for all people: Jew, Gentile, and every person on earth. God’s cosmic plan described in Ephesians 1:1-23 gives overflowing power to all those who wear the “armor of God” Ephesians 6:11.
Second, the intercessory prayer itself is in Ephesians 3:16–19. The prayer petitions in powerful and passionate ways for all the results that can come from God’s hearing the prayer. Characteristic of Paul’s prayers is the concern for the knowledge, faith, and growth of each follower. This concern is intimately connected to certainty, hope, and humility. There is no petition for some special favor to believers because the “love of Christ” surpasses all and fills all with the “fullness of God.”
Third, Ephesians 3:20–21 concludes with the idea that God’s abundant glory will so overflow our requests that we cannot imagine all that God’s glory will bring. There are limits to of our knowledge but none to God’s compassion. We continue to petition but must realize that God will grant everything needed even beyond our ability to imagine what we need.
Go and read all six chapters of Ephesians 1:1-6:24. As some have said Ephesians is a summary and testament of Paul’s teachings on Christ and the Church.