If I’m being honest, I don’t pray for you guys individually or for the SPV as a whole nearly as much as I should. I’m human, & just like a good ‘ol typical human, I often find myself thinking & worrying about my own issues & concerns more than others. I’m not proud of that but it’s true & it’s also something I pray about, asking the Holy Spirit to mature me in that area. But when I do pray for you, I find myself the majority of the time praying this same prayer that the Apostle Paul prayed for & over the church in Ephesus: “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
1) that you would be strengthened with the power of the Holy Spirit
2) that you would be rooted & established in love
3) and because your foundation is love, you /we would be able to grasp how great the love of Christ truly is
4) to know that Christ’s Love is greater than knowledge (knowledge & correct theology is good but Christ’s Love is greater & more important)
5) that you would be filled with the fullness of God
So while I pray that over you, it might also be fruitful to exercise your own faith & to declare, confess, receive & walk in agreement with those 5 points (you can unearth more than 5 points in that text by the way but I tried to keep it simple). I’ll admit, I have doubts as to whether any of us, this side of the new creation, will ever be able to fully grasp how wide, long, high & deep the love of Christ actually is but let’s die (& be resurrected) trying!
Much love to you all, Pastor Chris.
PS much of that is also our aim & focus each week as we gather for corporate worship on Sunday mornings. Grasping the depth of Christ’s love is reflected in the prayers, the worship, the messages, Holy Communion as well as our fellowship with one another. Join us!