Having introduced Paul’s prayer in v.14, lets now read it in full:
“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. I pray that according to the wealth of his glory he will grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner person, that Christ will dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, you will be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you will be filled up to all the fullness of God.”
(Ephesians 3.14-19, NET)
What a wonderful heart Paul has for the Ephesians. He wants for them to be strengthened with power through his Spirit, he wants that Christ will dwell in [their] hearts through faith, and he wants them to be able to comprehend…the love of Christ. At the core, Paul wants the Ephesians to know that they are loved beyond all earthly measure.
We could unpack every phrase here, dwell on every utterance and let our spirits soar with the sheer brilliance of what Paul is writing, but, what is being communicated here is that God loves His people (v.19).
Being filled with the Spirit leaves us strengthened by the presence and love of God (v.16).
Having Christ dwell in our hearts is to be one step closer to understanding the great love of God (vv.17-18).
At the core, Paul is praying for his people that they know how deeply loved they are. Someone once told me that a large part of Christian ministry is reminding your people how much they are loved by God and who they are in Christ again and again. So, with that in mind, and with Ephesians 3.14-19 before us: you are loved! There will be times you doubt it, question it, or don’t feel it, but rest easy and be secure in the truth that God loves you beyond all earthly measure.