"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith - that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breath and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3:14-19)
This was Paul's prayer for the Ephesians, it's his prayer for all believers.
He prayed this for those who already believed - therefore Christ was already dwelling in their hearts, they were already filled with the fullness of God.
So why did he pray this for them?
This was part of yesterdays sermon.
Our pastor started out saying, "We should seek profound experiences of the love of God."
Okay, if you are a believer you know that we don't live our lives based on "experience" alone, or on our "feelings" alone, because they are not always the best source of wisdom.
But - if we don't ever experience the love of God, the presence of God, experience, not just knowing we are missing out on so much.
There is a difference in knowing and a knowing (experience)
"The engaged mind, illuminated by truth, awakens awareness; the engaged heart, affected by love, awakens passion. May I say once more - this essential energy of the soul is not an ecstatic trance, high emotion or a sanguine stance toward life: It is a fierce longing for God, an unyielding resolve to live in and out of our belovedness." Brennan Manning - Author Abba's Child
I loved this sermon, for it is what happened to me in 2007. There was a shift from just knowing to a knowing.
This is not to say I will live, or you will live with "experience" every day, every minute. But we are to seek - not the experience - but God. There will certainly be "dark nights" in our journey (see Psalm 88) but in those times we have faith that God is still with us.
This piece was found in the pocket of Hudson Taylor (missionary to China 19th century) when he passed away.
"Lord Jesus make Thyself to me
A living, bright reality;
More present to faith's vision keen
Than any outward object seen;
More near, more intimately nigh
Than even the sweetest earthly tie."