Stuck on Paul’s Prayer
Paul wrote that our being rooted and established in God’s love grants us power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ (See Ephesians 3:17-18)…
Only heaven will expose fully the true meaning of these descriptives! The united family of God will have some stories to tell, and then we might glean the fullness of the Father’s love. I will add my small measure of insight on the words, wide, long, high and deep.
- WIDE I believe the Father would have us to understand that we do not live our faith disconnected from the body. Even when we pray and seek God, there is an interlocking of the one with all believers, and His answers always consider the whole body. We know from Scripture that God’s ways are higher than our ways, and when we consider His knowledge of the entirety of the one body of Christ, we begin to grasp how limited our understanding truly is.
- LONG Looking at the rocky cliff considered to be the ancient site of Golgotha, one can catch a glimpse of the length of God’s covenant. It’s a never-ending covenant between God and His people: those of natural birth through Abraham’s lineage, and those chosen and grafted in through faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I don’t pretend to have it all in grasp just by having visited Israel, but I do have a greater sense of awe and wonder. God’s Word is eternal.
- HIGH Think about it: the more your grow in your relationship with Jesus, the more you realize you’re only scratching the surface! There is no attaining the maximum fulfillment of revelation of the Lord! There is always more! That’s the kind of love that makes a believer jump out of bed in the morning saying, “Lord, I want to know You!”
- DEEP This word holds a special significance for me. I was in the Atlantic Ocean and far out from the shore on a sandbar. Worshiping with songs of praise and enjoying God’s presence, I sensed Him ask me, “Child, how big are you?” I looked around at the water stretching to the horizon without any indication of an end, and I replied, “I’m so very small in light of this ocean. Even a pilot flying over this portion of the coast would not see me.” The Father spoke: “The proportion of my grace in comparison to your need is the same as this ocean’s volume to your body’s mass. I swamp you a billion times over!”
And that, my friend, gives a better understanding of His love demonstrated in the grace we have been afforded through Jesus Christ’s coming, His death, resurrection, and on-going intercession at the right hand of the Father.
“… to know this love that surpasses knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19).