“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power”
We have been called to
• “Live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” (Ephesians 4:1)
• “Live as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8)
• “Be imitators of God” (Ephesians 5:1)
This is clearly beyond our human powers, even without any spiritual opposition. So Paul reminds us that we can only live out our Christian calling in the strength that the Lord makes available to us, and under the victory that Christ has already achieved. We easily forget this and so it was Paul’s prayer both at the beginning of the letter and later.
• “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:17-19)
• “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” (Ephesians 3:16-17)
The Lord does not call us to the impossible in our own strength but in His all-powerful and victorious strength. And His promise through the prophet still stands for us today.
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:29-31)
Ask Him for the strength you need at the beginning of each day and whenever you are conscious of your need. Use these prayers of Paul’s as well.
Father Your power is mighty indeed. Strengthen me for the battles I face within myself and in the world around me. Help me to trust in Your great promises and love as I walk in Your calling – in Jesus name. Amen.