14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge…
What is Paul referring to when he talks about our being rooted in love? Is it having God as our Father? Or the Spirit dwelling in us? Or is it Christ dwelling in our hearts through faith? I’m going to cop out and say all of them! Each of these says something of how we are loved by God, and how our identity and life is formed through our relationship with him, Father, Son and Spirit. But Paul’s desire for the church is that we may have a deeper knowledge than simply being aware of God’s love, he wants us to experience it, to know it through relationship, something which is deeper than words or description. He wants us to be immersed in it. Don’t you long for that?! I know I do.
Ask for God in his love and mercy to give you a deeper experience of his love. Better still, pray Paul’s prayer bringing to mind others in the church family (sometimes we focus on praying for those in need, this is a great prayer to widen our prayers out to include everyone).