A Sunday Prayer - courtesy of Paul?

Some scholars dispute the authorship of the letter to the Ephesians - based largely on style of writing and emphasis. Both of these are not typical of Paul and have led some academics to believe in the pseudonymous authorship of this letter - also of Colossians, 2 Thessalonians and the Pastoral letters (Timothy and Titus).

Perhaps that surprises you, but it was a relatively common ancient practice to attribute written material to a certain 'school' of thought by saying that it was by x,y or z. The intention was not necessarily to deceive but to give credit to the person attributed. If these epistles were not written by Paul, then it was probably known as such by the early church - although we have no written evidence of this.

But whatever your view on the authorship of Ephesians, it remains a beloved part of the canon of our scriptures. In chapter 3 there is a beautiful prayer that the author addressed to God. Very famous words, but I am about to bastardise them! It was written in the second person plural to the Christians in the church at Ephesus, but if you change the you's to I's it reads as a very personal prayer.

Why not take a few quiet moments to commune with God and speak these words?

Ephesians 3:14-21 - modifiedPicture from Wikipedia

I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.
I pray that I may be strengthened in my inner being with power through the Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith, as I am being rooted and grounded in love.
I pray that I may know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that I may be filled with the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to accomplish abundantly far more than I can imagine, to him be glory forever and ever.

Thanks be to God for the word.

And may you be rooted and grounded in the deep soil of God's love, as Christ dwells in you - within your trunk, your leaves, your fruit - throughout your being.

God's blessing be upon you.


  1. Understanding Alice  

    31 January 2010 at 22:41

    thank you for this - its water to the soul. and you are right, Ephesians is fabulous :)

  2. Kath Williamson  

    1 February 2010 at 23:53

    Hi Alice. Thanks for your feedback. Glad it proved useful.

  3. Margo  

    7 February 2010 at 02:44

    A lovely post to read at the end of the day.

  4. Zion Revival Ministries  

    22 February 2010 at 10:40

    Ya, something to think of. Whoever be the author of Ephesians, the content is adorable.

  5. Kath Williamson  

    22 February 2010 at 17:16

    Yes - a tonic!. Thank you all for your contributions.