His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God1 should be made known2 to the rulers and authorities3 in the heavenly realms,4
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according to his eternal purpose5 which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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In him and through faith in him we may approach God6 with freedom and confidence.7
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I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
For this reason I kneel8 before the Father,
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from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
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I pray that out of his glorious riches9 he may strengthen you with power10 through his Spirit in your inner being,11
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so that Christ may dwell in your hearts12 through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted13 and established in love,
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may have power, together with all the saints,14 to grasp how wide and long and high and deep15 is the love of Christ,
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and to know this love that surpasses knowledge16--that you may be filled17 to the measure of all the fullness of God.18
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Now to him who is able19 to do immeasurably more than all we ask20 or imagine, according to his power21 that is at work within us,
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