"I pray out 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." Eph 3:16
What is the "Inner Being?"
Is it your heart? Is it your soul? Is it your spirit?
We know that it is not the outer being, our physical body. We know that it is more important than the outer body, even though the outer body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Sam 16:7 "The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
The "Inner Being" is simply the real you.
It is you either being fully alive with the fruit of the Spirit flowing out of you; full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.
Or it is you being empty or lacking the fruit of the Spirit - empty or lacking love, empty of joy, empty of peace, empty of patience, empty of kindness, empty of goodness, empty of faithfulness, empty of gentleness and empty of self control.
What causes the "Inner Being" to be empty?
The stresses, challenges, problems of every day life as we live in this fallen world deplete our "Inner Being." Being hurt by others as they say things or do things to us deplete us. Circumstances of life deplete us. The negative thoughts and emotions that seek to keep nagging at us deplete us. Our physical body as it gets older depletes us. Giving into our temptations clearly depletes us.
The real question is what refills and energizes the "Inner Being?"
From the context of this passage, prayer; Our own prayers for ourselves, and asking others to pray for us. Praying that God, through the Holy Spirit, would strengthen our inner being with power! Is this a spiritual habit and spiritual skill that you do regularly? Who is praying this request for you? Who is praying this for me?
One of my favorite passages of Scripture and that I share regularly with others is the following.
"We do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day." 2 Cor 4:16
According to this, daily time with God renews our inner being. "Early in the morning while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went to a solitary place to pray."
How important is the private time with Jesus...
Pouring out your heart.
Wrestling with pain.
Asking questions God is silent about.
Letting the Word wash over your mind, heart, soul.
Pleading for God to rescue others from problems, pains and struggles.
Pleading for God to rescue loved ones from eternal separation from Him.
Memorizing the Word.
Singing. Praising. Worshiping. Giving. Waiting. Interceding. Fasting. Listening. Responding.
The list of life giving experiences as we daily meet with Jesus can go on and on.
How is your "Inner Being" today? Tomorrow?
Memorizing and praying this powerful prayer together,
Pastor Chris Reinertson enjoys all sports, especially those involving a ball. He loves to hang out with people and challenge them to be Jesus REVolutionizers.