Word at Work April 5, 2017

Scripture: Ephesians 3:14-20

In Ephesians 3:14-18 we read one of Paul’s priestly prayers. “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—” Paul asked God that all of us would be strengthened with might. The Greek Word translated “might” is doo-nam-is. The very same power that the disciples got when they received the Holy Spirit and prayed in tongues, Paul was praying these saints would be empowered within their inner man. We can assume that when we pray in tongues that doo-nam-is might is being infused into our inner man. Verses 19-20 say, “…to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,…” Few would turn down the benefit and blessing offered here. But how do we get there? Let’s look at verse 20. The word used here is power and that is the word of our focus. Doo-nam-is! How does the doo-nam-is work in us? The disciples were to stay in Jerusalem until they were endued with power from on High. When the power from on High came, they began to pray in tongues. Praying in tongues releases that power in us and brings us into the fullness of Christ. This is something that we can do at will which is subject to us and takes place at our disposal. We can pray in this manner any time, any place, anywhere. We choose when to pray and when to cease praying. How many of us are still acting as if praying in the Spirit is more a matter of convenience? If embraced as a constant flow, it would bring benefits beyond measure!

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