• Fr. Thomas Colyandro

St. Paul's Prayer for Deification


We are called to union with God and the only way to do this is through silence, stillness, and unceasing prayer. Ephesians 3:14-21 is a beautiful prayer of faith, love, and more than anything else, hope that each person strengthens their inner life.

St. Paul is praying that we constantly remember the divine goal of our human life: theosis or deification, which is growing into union with God now and into eternity. Theologically speaking, theosis or deification is attained by grace and by synergia, which is working together with God. Prayerfully speaking, this working together with God happens through our unceasing prayers in which we (1) seek the love of God in order to (2) align our faith in and love for Him for the soul purpose of (3) following His will now so that we may (4) live in union with God in eternity.

But how do we know this is happening for us? It's like a loving revelation, a divine gift that illumines and transforms our intellect. It is a deepening experience of a personal bond with the personal God who reveals Himself to us through communion with Him.

So, let us pray for each other today as St. Paul does: "that you may be filled with all the fullness of God" (v. 19).

Ephesians 3:14-21

[14] For this reason I bow my knees before the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

[15] from whom the whole family in heaven and on earth is named,

[16] that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man,

[17] that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

[18] may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height --

[19] to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

[20] Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

[21] to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

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