New Year Prayer

Do you know Jesus loves you, and do you know how much He loves you?

David suggested making a New Year’s resolution by using the words of Ephesians 3:16-21 every day in 2024. It’s a prayer about knowing how much Jesus loves you, a prayer asking God to help you to know Jesus better, a prayer that helps you discover the extent of Jesus’ love for you.

FOR THIS REASON I KNEEL BEFORE THE FATHER, FROM WHOM EVERY FAMILY IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH DERIVES ITS NAME

Many Christians live busy lives with crammed schedules and important matters to attend and make a conscious effort to pray on-the-go or in the car. Kneeling to pray as the Apostle Paul did here requires an intentional slowing down, a withdrawal from the busyness, pushing the ‘pause’ button. As you prepare to pray in 2024, take time to consider your posture.

Rooted and established in love

I PRAY THAT YOU, BEING ROOTED AND ESTABLISHED IN LOVE

Paul prays that the lives of these Christians will be firmly grounded in the abundant love of God, so that they are able to withstand any hardships or attacks in life.
We all face inevitable storms in our lives, which is why we need to be solidly grounded in God’s love.

Power and dimensions of Christ’s love

MAY HAVE POWER, TOGETHER WITH ALL THE LORD’S HOLY PEOPLE TO GRASP HOW WIDE AND LONG AND HIGH AND DEEP IS THE LOVE OF CHRIST

Paul prays that these believers will be strengthened with power through God’s Spirit (v.16) and wants them to grasp the full extent of Christ’s love for them.


In our weakness we often underestimate the extent of Christ’s love. We need the power of God’s Holy Spirit, who lives in every believer, to help us individually and collectively appreciate that Christ’s love is: wide enough to encompass all mankind, long enough to last for all eternity, high enough to exalt us to heaven, deep enough to reach everyone.

‘IT NEEDS THE WHOLE PEOPLE OF GOD TO UNDERSTAND THE WHOLE LOVE OF GOD’

Grasping the love of God

TO KNOW THIS LOVE THAT SURPASSES KNOWLEDGE – THAT YOU MAY BE FILLED TO THE MEASURE OF ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD

It appears somewhat contradictory that Paul wants people to know something that cannot be known. Yet the love of Christ is so vast that at one level it is beyond human comprehension, and at another level can be known and experienced.

PAUL WANTS HIS READERS TO DWELL PRAYERFULLY ON THE VAST DIMENSIONS OF CHRIST’S LOVE AND THEN TO LIVE DAILY IN THE REASSURANCE OF IT - TO SWIM IN THE BOTTOMLESS OCEAN OF CHRIST’S LOVE, EVER EXPLORING MORE OF THE UNKNOWABLE

It’s truly mind-blowing as we try to grasp the love of Christ in all it’s dimensions, made known to you and I by the power of the Holy Spirit working in us day by day. Make time each day in 2024 to thank God that he loves you in this amazing way and pray to become more like Jesus.

Three ways to help you know the extent of Jesus’ love:

1. Pray each day – no matter how busy or hectic your life might be, find a time that suits and a quiet place to pray (consider kneeling if you are able to)

2.Read scripture (or listen to it on your device). Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so – this is what informs us, feeds us, nourishes us, guards us, and guides us. Scripture before screen – why not make this a daily practice and let sacred text shape your day

3. Remember and reflect on the Cross. Understand who you are before God – a sinner deserving judgement, and then marvel at the Cross and appreciate what Jesus did for you – ‘Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends’

Read Ephesians 3:16-21 each day in 2024 and pray that your love for Jesus will grow as you glimpse his inextinguishable love for you.

Patrick Davidson

Patrick Davidson

I’m Patrick and I oversee one of the small groups at Windsor. I work in a sixth form centre, and volunteer with CAP and The Dock café. Prior to this I worked as a project manager in the voluntary sector, a learning mentor, and in church planting. At home I enjoy DIY and cooking.
Patrick Davidson
I’m Patrick and I oversee one of the small groups at Windsor. I work in a sixth form centre, and volunteer with CAP and The Dock café. Prior to this I worked as a project manager in the voluntary sector, a learning mentor, and in church planting. At home I enjoy DIY and cooking.