Ephesians 3:14-21            Prayer for strength 
   The setting for this letter is Paul writing to the Ephesians while he is in prison.  His captivity is the result of his refusal to modify the Good News.  Paul's preaching challenged the social roles in society, the status of slaves, the commercial ventures surrounding idol worship, and the source of truth and authority other than the local governments.  Paul makes it clear that, while he is in prison for the Good News he is giving to the Gentiles, it is ultimately because of his obedience to the Father's will.  He prays for three things: hope in the midst of suffering, hearts full of faith, and a full experience of the love of Christ.  We have hope because we are part of the family of God and God will never forsake us.  We have faith because of the Spirit that dwells in us.  We have love that is greater and deeper than all that we can imagine. 

 

Ephesians 3:20 "by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine"
   When have you witnessed a 'miracle', something beyond your imagination?
   Have you ever seen the wonder in a child's eyes?
   Do you ever wish you could once again see those 'miracles'?
   Do we miss miracles because there are none or have we grown blind and callous?
   Is our faith limited by our lack of imagination?
   What if every day we expected to see the wonders of God?