Big prayers

Back in the early 90s heyday of Windows 3.x, someone created a funny little program called Tiny Elvis. From time to time, a little Elvis Presley figure would arouse from slumber at the bottom of your desktop and say things like “hey man, check out that cursor… that thing is huuuge!”

That came to mind when reading Ephesians 3:14-21 recently:

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

What strikes me about this prayer is how massively big it is. It sounds too grand to pray that those we know would be filled with “all the fullness of God.” That’s full. And yet Paul goes on to say that our Lord is able to “do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.” So my advice would be: go for it. Pray big prayers.

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