Ephesians 3:14-19 (NLT)
14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

These are the words of the apostle Paul. He was writing to the Ephesians about God’s gracious plan of salvation. As Paul reflects on these thoughts he says he just wants to fall to his knees and pray to God. He has a desire for Christ to indwell the hearts of others that they may tap into God’s gracious love.

Arthur Frank Burns was an economist who served under the Nixon administration. Although Jewish, burns attended informal Christian prayer groups held at the White House. Because the Christians did not know exactly how to include Burns because of his Jewish beliefs he was passed by each week when someone was assigned to pray. Then one week a fairly new person leading the prayer group did not know Burns was Jewish and asked him to pray. Some who had been attending the group for a while glanced around wondering how Burns would react. But without hesitation Burns reached out and held hands with others in the group and then prayed this prayer. “Lord, I pray that you would bring Jews to know Jesus Christ. I pray that you would bring Muslims to know Jesus Christ. Finally, Lord, I pray that you would bring Christians to know Jesus Christ. Amen.” Burns startled some with the refreshing directness of his prayer. But it was a reminder Christians also need to deepen their understanding of Christ. They need to understand who Christ is and what He has done for them. They need to walk the road with Christ and follow Him in all that they do.