Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21
“That according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being.” (Ephesians 3:16)
In order to appreciate Paul’s prayer, we must first recognize and acknowledge our spiritual weakness. Paul dealt with this in the second chapter when he wrote that we were at one time dead in our trespasses and sins (2:1). Human weakness is a result of the effects of sin.
Though we are made alive in Christ, we still have a remnant of sin left in us. Thus we struggle like the Apostle Paul, who wrote, “For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing” (Romans 7:19). We face a major internal battle. “For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do” (Galatians 5:17).
Because we are weak, it is necessary for God to intervene. Thus Paul prays, “that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being.” The inner being is the heart, the core of who we are. His prayer is that God may work in our hearts. The Holy Spirit is the primary agent of this inner work. Through God’s Spirit, we are strengthened in our inner beings.
We cannot become Christians until the Spirit of God works in our hearts. It is the Spirit who makes us alive to spiritual realities. He has to do the supernatural work of causing us to be born again. The Spirit of God regenerates us and gives us a new heart.
We cannot grow as Christians apart from the work of the Spirit in our inner being. The Spirit gives us power to live for Christ. The Spirit convicts us of sin and enables us to repent And the Spirit changes us from the inside out and enables us to walk in a manner worthy of our calling.
And we cannot face the trials and difficulties of life in this fallen world apart from the work of the Spirit in our inner beings. We are weak, but He is strong. It is the Spirit who gives us power to face the overwhelming circumstances that we may face. Remember what God said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness” (II Corinthians 12:9).
O Spirit of the living God, strengthen me in my inner being with Your power. Enable me to love and to obey my Savior. Enable me to deny myself, to take up my cross daily and to follow Christ. Strengthen me to face the trials and difficulties that I may face in this life.
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