Christian Articles For Rooted in God’s Love:
This is the original prayer from the Bible by
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith;
that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
(Ephesians 3:14-21, KJV esword)
Isn’t that wonderful? I pray to be rooted in God. I am rooted in God.
I feel like shouting Allelulia just typing it here now!
What do I love about this prayer?
I love the way this bible quote refers to things of the earth and nature, as the Bible so often does. I, like so many of you, find it easy to find God in nature.
And I find it easy to relate to the idea that if I am rooted in God, rooted in Love, I am able to withstand elements of my life that might otherwise destroy me...
This for me is a real prayer for strength.
“May my roots go down deep into the soil of your marvellous love.”
As the Beatles sang: All you need is love....
I would add that is only God’s love that meets every need. Love that stays when the love of others has gone and your love for self is difficult to find.
Love is the solution.
We can find it hard at times to believe that anyone can help us:
Can I please tell you? You can be helped.
It doesn't matter how damaged you seem to be.
You are right on time.
You are not too bad.
You are not too good or too intelligent.
The image of seeing ourselves rooted in God’s Love helps us believe what I have just said, and to have hope.
But does this difference mean they need different earth? No, it doesn’t. The same earth nurtures very different seeds and allows them to break open, grow roots and shoot up on their journey of growth.
A prayer for love is a prayer for strength.
To grow, all I need is love.
You may not be getting enough love from yourself and the world around you. But God, Spirit, the Divine is a source of Love that never runs out.
There are so many Bible quotes which use nature to allow us to see how we can become less dependent on external circumstances, as we become more dependent on God.
Here is another:
Just as we prayed to be rooted in God before, now – in this Bible quote – we choose where to plant ourselves. We choose to plant ourselves next to the rivers of water – the river of God’s love. Our roots allow us to tap into this water even when the elements of life would otherwise destroy us.
And, of course, one of the most famous Bible quotes about being rooted in God refers to us as choosing the foundations of the building which is our life:
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
In 1993, the walls of my life fell with a great crash: I lost my health, my emotional strength, my job and many important relationships.
I had been rooted in the things of this world including my own self-image. These did not sustain me through a difficult time.
Instead they were dug up, and I became willing to be rooted in the good earth of God’s love.
One of the ways I did this was to pray this wonderful prayer of blessing and prayer for strength: “May my roots go down deep...”
What I receive is mine to give.