Lifelines August 29, 2021

The prayer of the apostle is bold, powerful and exemplary for us (Ephesians 3:14-21).  We approach the One who shaped us in our mother’s womb, knows everything about our words and deeds, is fully acquainted with the length of our days and has infinite love for each of us.  This powerful God with whom we converse has capabilities beyond our limited understanding.  He can raise the dead, and He stands ready to put that power to work within His people.

It is impossible to fully grasp the significance of prayer as we approach the God of creation.  He is Lord of heaven and earth, and Christians approach Him as their Father.  This brief prayer (It takes less than a minute to read!) takes us into the spiritual stratosphere of being filled to the fullness of God.  That seems impossible, but we are also reminded that He can do more than we can even imagine.  This remarkable Being is waiting to hear from us.

The plea goes straight to the inner person; seeking strength from the Spirit that we might be a totally Christ-centered people.  We are not pursuing a casual association with the One born in Bethlehem.  We do not join the world with a nod at Easter and Christmas then put Him back on the shelf for the rest of the year.  We long to have Him take up residence in our very heart, and that will only happen through faith.  That is the foundation.

We will never be pleasing children without faith (Hebrews 11:6).  We might go through the motions; sing the songs, break the bread, contribute to the work and hear the Scriptures read and preached on a weekly basis but we will fall short until we put unflinching trust in our Creator.  That leads us to the higher ground of Christ occupying our hearts.  That is when we really begin to transform into the church for which He died.

Love grows where Christ lives, and that is the pinnacle (1 Corinthians 13:13).  It secures us in His church with deep roots and a firm foundation.  Christians won’t waver with such a base.  They become dependable and trustworthy because their confidence is not in a mortal person but in an immortal Savior.  He lives in us, and we grow in our comprehension of His love for us and begin to imitate Him (Ephesians 5:1-2).  God’s fullness becomes a reality. That concept stretches our minds beyond human capacity. “Filled to all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19).” And that brings us back to Him who can do the impossible.  He is able (Ephesians 3:20).  It is a simple statement pulsating with potential.  He is able.  He delivered the Israelites through the Red Sea, Daniel through the lion’s den and Jesus through the cross and tomb.  That is our God, too.  And He is our Father waiting for us to ask.  He is able.