Even in his prayers Paul communicates rich theology. I ask in the study guide, “If the Ephesians already show love like Christ, what does Paul’s prayer for them tell us about demonstrating Christ’s love?” (p. 18.)
It would seem that there is more to walking in Christ by faith with love – Eph. 2:10; 4:1, 17; 5:2, 8, 15 – that goes beyond the initial act of justification. Yet in order to be faithful in walking, the Trinity (1:17) must act graciously to reveal more and more of the depths of the hope, riches, and power we have individually and corporately as believers.
Epistemologically, if Paul found it important to pray this prayer continually for 10 – 12 years, the truths the Ephesians needed to know come only by a unique working of the Spirit. How then should we be praying for our own congregations? Imagine what the results might be.
Ephesians: A 12-Week Study. Also available at wtsbooks.com. #ktbeph