Yesterday was a rainy, sunless day, but not in my heart! I enjoyed capturing moments on camera all day and caught some sweet moments of my family. Bible study was a Spirit-filled time of worship and learning with my precious sisters-in-Christ. I am constantly in awe how God has placed us in the right church and in two small groups where we literally click with every single person….what a gift of love from our Heavenly Father.
Around the table yesterday morning, we talked about Daniel 10. Daniel is in his 80s when he has this last vision. He has walked with God for many years at this point and remains humble and in awe of His God. We talked at length about his humility before God.
In memorizing Ephesians 3:14-21, I was struck this morning how it begins, “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father…” Paul too had an outward posture of reverence and humility before the Lord. I typically pray seated on a cozy chair enveloped by a warm blanket and a cup of coffee! This morning I choose to bow my knees and pray.
“That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…
Matthew Henry’s commentary: What the apostle asks of God for these his friends—spiritual blessings, which are the best blessings, and the most earnestly to be sought and prayed for by every one of us, both for ourselves and for our friends. 1. Spiritual strength for the work and duty to which they were called, and in which they were employed: That he would grant you, according to the riches of his grace, to be strengthened, etc. The inner man is the heart or soul. To be strengthened with might is to be mightily strengthened, much more than they were at present; to be endued with a high degree of grace, and spiritual abilities for discharging duty, resisting temptations, enduring persecutions, etc. And the apostle prays that this may be according to the riches of his glory, or according to his glorious riches—answerable to that great abundance of grace, mercy, and power, which resides in God, and is his glory: and this by his Spirit, who is the immediate worker of grace in the souls of God’s people. Observe from these things, That strength from the Spirit of God in the inner man is the best and most desirable strength, strength in the soul, the strength of faith and other graces, strength to serve God and to do our duty, and to persevere in our Christian course with vigour and with cheerfulness. And let us further observe that as the work of grace is first begun so it is continued and carried on, by the blessed Spirit of God.
This is a very bold and powerful prayer and a sure promise of beautiful transformation and strength for me, my family, my friends and believers all around the world who are being persecuted. Because He loves us so.