Friday, May 27, 2022


The second great prayer of Paul’s in his letter to the Ephesians is in chapter three. He prays for five things.

  • That we will be strengthened with power through the Holy Spirit (3:16).
  • That Christ will dwell within us (3:17)
  • That we will be established in love (3:17)
  • That we will understand the extent of Christ’s love (3:18)
  • That we will be filled with all God’s fullness (3:19)


The extent of Paul’s prayers is almost over­whelming. What an incredible thing, for instance, that the Spirit of God should dwell in our inner beings! Yet God has chosen human bodies as the temples of his Spirit (1 Corin­thians 6:19).

Similarly, Paul prays that we will ‘grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ’ yet immediately goes on to point out that it ‘surpasses knowl­edge’! (3:18).

 How can you know the unknowable? Yet this is his prayer. Somehow, it’s possible.

Then finally, he asks that we might be filled with all of God’s fullness. Extraordinary! Yet really God wants to give us all he can of himself so that we fall short in no way whatever.

To read more on this topic see Living in the Image of God, Barry Chant (Miranda: Tabor, 2012 available in eBook and Paperback) from which this edited extract is taken.

Barry Chant

Written by

Barry Chant is a regular speaker at church services, seminars, conferences and conventions. Hundreds of thousands of his books have been sold around the world. He has degrees in arts, theology and ministry, a diploma in education and a PhD in history. He was the co-founder and former president of Tabor College, Australia.

Terms of Use

You are free to download and reproduce written material on this website for personal use or for free distribution to groups such as your local church Bible study group or Christian fellowship. Please include the following acknowledgement: ‘Copyright © Barry Chant. Reproduced with permission from’

I'd love to get your thoughts on this...