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June 10, 2008

According to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in you inner being.

--Ephesians 3:16

Today, maybe you feel like you’re in a prison. Maybe you feel shackled and chained to your past or to sin. Well, the power of God is available to lift you, strengthen you, and refresh you!

The apostle Paul was in jail when he wrote Ephesians 3:14-19. I call it a “prison prayer.” But even though he was jailed, Paul never considered himself a prisoner of his circumstances. Whether he was in prison or being beaten or stoned or shipwrecked, Paul knew he was free in Jesus… no matter what his circumstances were.

In today’s Scripture verse, Paul offers us the promise of strength. Then verse 19 says, “…that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Paul is talking about the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in every believer. And that includes you if you’re a follower of Christ!

So how can you access this power? Through prayer!

When you pray, God begins to work in your life. And it’s God in you that gives you power. Consider that a glove can’t move or hold things on its own. It’s only when you put your hand into the glove that it can be put to effective work. The strength of your hand becomes the strength of that glove. In the same way, Christ is the strength in you if you will allow Him to be!

You and I are empty without Christ. But when you allow Him to come and live in you, He fills your life. And when you access the power of God through prayer, He empowers you and strengthens you… no matter what your circumstances are!


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