We could start this message by asking a very old question: “Who can fathom the mysteries of God?” I know that this question has troubled people for a long time because I read it in the book of Job, which is the oldest book in our holy scripture—and one of Job’s “friends” asked it.
Our friend Paul addresses this question in the scripture we will be visiting this morning—listen closely—we will come back to it at the end of our message.
Originally preached Sunday, July 29, 2018
There are many people who are reluctant to pray “out loud” or in front of anyone, because it feels like a performance, or we worry about what other people will think of us. Understandable, but wrong. The “listener” is God.
In Ephesians we read a prayer from our friend Paul for his congregation—it is a pastor’s prayer for his people that they may grow and deepen their grasp on the wonders and mysteries of God’s love and power.
Paul paints this great picture of the Church in a disintegrated chaotic world—there is division and separation everywhere. Between nation and nation, between human and human, even within a person’s inner life. It is God’s design that all the warring and the discordant elements should be brought into unity in Jesus Christ. Jesus is God’s instrument to DO that.
But that CANNOT BE DONE unless the Church carries the message of Christ and the love of God to everyone, man, woman, and child. The Church is the Bride of Christ—the Body through which the Spirit of Christ acts and operates. It is THIS that Paul is praying for! If the Church is ever to be like that, those of us within the Church must be a certain kind of people. That is why Paul is praying. He is praying that the people within the Church will live out that unity in love so that the world in chaos will see it and desire for that unity in love, also.
So Paul’s posture is “to fall to his knees and pray.”