I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, Ephesians 4:1 (ESV)
I’ve never been locked up behind bars. I can’t imagine being sentenced to live as a prisoner, whose freedom and rights are no longer. Paul’s “therefore” hinges on the preceding reasons, convictions and truths, for him to acknowledge that he is a prisoner.
A good interpretative question to ask yourself when you read a “therefore” is: “What’s the “there” there for? This reminds us to read the preceding text to give us the context and intent of the author (in this case, Paul).
The prayer in 3:14-20 describes Paul’s deep conviction of possessing God’s rich glory, strength & power of His Spirit, love of Christ and the fulness of God.
The words of this prayer revealed in the hearts of His saints will empower and enable us to live – even as prisoners of Christ – in this sometimes horrible, hard life.
This is a powerful and compassionate prayer to pray for others who are imprisoned in their souls – by sinfulness, hardship, the sins of others, or any difficult circumstance.
PRAY EPHESIANS 3:14-20 FOR SOMEONE TODAY!