I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
— Ephesians 3:16,19, HCSB
Let us dwell upon this wonderful prayer, recorded that we may understand what heights of attainment we may reach, through faith in the promises of our heavenly Father.
Through the merits of Christ we have access to the throne of infinite power. “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” The Father gave the Spirit without measure to his Son, and we also may partake of its fullness.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit was essential for the success of the ministry in the early gospel age; but it is no less necessary in this age when “darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people.” And the Lord has promised the same quickening spiritual power to his servants in these days.
You must come closer to Jesus. There is a great work to be done in the world, and your influence is as far-reaching as eternity. You must be rooted and grounded in the truth.
If Christ, the hope of glory, is in you, the light of Heaven will shine from you into the moral darkness of the world, and souls will be guided to the light of life.
Come to God in faith and humility. Plead with him till the break of day, if necessary, till your soul is brought into such close relationship with Jesus, that you can lay your burden at his feet, and say, “I know whom I have believed.”
He who feels his weakness and wrestles with God, as did Jacob, and like this servant of old cries, “I will not let thee go except thou bless me,” will go forth with the fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit. The atmosphere of Heaven will surround him. He will go about doing good. His influence will be a positive force acting upon others.
— Signs of the Times, February 24, 1888
Dwell on this wonderful prayer that you may understand what heights of attainment you may reach through faith in the promises of your heavenly Father.
Come to God in faith and humility. Plead with Him till your soul is brought into such close relationship with Jesus that you can lay your burden at His feet and say, “I know whom I have believed.”
Feel your weakness and wrestle with God. Cry, “I will not let You go unless You bless me.”