"May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, that you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God's devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]; [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]…" Ephesians 3:17-18, AMP
The cry of everyone's heart is to truly experience God's love in a real, tangible way. Just like this passage says, "That we may really come to know practically, through experience for ourselves the love of Christ…."
We don't want Christianity or our walk with God to be the greatest sounding theory we've ever heard – we want to experience it! We don't want our faith to be some clinical, theological Hebrew or Greek thesis – we want to experience God. We don't want to talk about God's love for the whole world – we want to experience it.
We want kum-ba-yah moments! Kum-ba-yah is a spiritual song from the 1930s that meant, "Come by here, Lord," and in the 1960s it became a standard campfire song. The simple words go like this, "Someone's laughing (or crying, praying, singing), Lord, kum-ba-yah. Someone's laughing, Lord, kum-ba-yah. Someone's laughing, Lord, kum-ba-yah. O Lord, kum-ba-yah."
Whether we are laughing, crying, praying or singing, we want the Lord to "come by here" and touch us with the reality of His love. This is the deep cry of everyone's heart. We all want to apprehend, grasp and experience the breadth, length, height and depth of God's love. And…God also wants this for us!
So, if God wants us to experience kum-ba-yah moments and we want to experience kum-ba-yah moments – how can we do so in a greater and more tangible way?
Here's one simple way, and the Lord encourages us to do this: Ask Him! For the next 30 days, ask God to help you experience His love by praying this prayer below – simply insert your name into each blank. Then, watch and see if you don't actually experience His love in a more real and practical way! (This prayer is taken from Ephesians 3:17-21 in the Amplified version of the Bible.)
Say It: “Father, may Christ through my, ___________'s faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in __________'s heart! May _________ be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, that __________ may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God's devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]; [That _______ may really come] to know [practically, through experience for __________ ] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that _________ may be filled [through all ________'s being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]! Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that ________ [dares] ask or think [infinitely beyond __________'s highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams] – to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it). In Jesus' Name, Amen.”