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"God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast and when I run, I feel his pleasure."

Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire

I'll pray for you Part 2

I pray …that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:19

Earlier we looked at Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians and how he prayed for spiritual blessings on them rather than about the mundane things that so often dominate our prayers.

The phrase at the end of the prayer really jumped off the page at me –“that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God”. The idea of being filled with God really is a bit mind-blowing! Elaine Storkey wrote on this passage, “How can we work out how fully God dwells in us? We probably can’t but we can identify areas in our lives where we have not yet let God dwell”.

To be filled with God is an amazing thought; to be filled with the fulness of God takes it a stage further in amazement.

How do we put into words this concept of having the fullness of God living in us? It implies living with God, walking with God, communing with God, becoming more like God. It means that we find our identity not in our achievements but in knowing God. One writer says that it means “to have the whole soul filled with meekness, gentleness, goodness, love, justice, holiness, mercy, and truth” (Clarke's Commentary on the Bible).

Let us go to practice, to our club, to the competition with that amazing thought in our minds: “we are filled with all the fullness of God” – and make a difference.

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