D I S C I P L E S H I P  23 Flow of Thought Observation Number 4: The Church’s pur- pose is to make God’s wisdom known. 6. Paul’s prayer (3:14–21) After the stunning revelation of God’s purpose for the Church, Paul then does what is only natural and expected. He prays for the recipients of the letter. He asks God that they may be strengthened (v. 16), with the result that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith (v. 17), that they may understand the breadth, length, height, and depth of Christ’s love for them (v. 19), and that they would be filled with all the fullness of God (v. 19). If the Church is to accomplish God’s purpose for her, we as believers must be filled with all the fullness of God and be spiri- tually strengthened with power from the Spirit of God. There is no way we can have any impact in our own strength or efforts. Flow of Thought Observation Number 5: Prayer is an essential ingredient in accomplishing God’s purpose for the Church. 7. Unity in the Body of Christ: 4:1–16; the new life: 4:17–32; walk in love: 5:1–21; wives and husbands, children and parents, and bondservants and masters: 5:22–6:9; armor of God: 6:10–20 I have joined these five topics into one flow of thought point because I believe they are all related: not necessarily related to each other by specific content, but related to each other by prin- ciple. When Paul begins chapter 4 with the phrase “I therefore… urge you,” he is making a significant change in focus. He has reached the high point of the letter in 3:9–11, that the purpose of the Church is to reveal God’s wisdom. The “therefore” indicates some type of conclusion. Paul is saying, “Because of this (i.e., 3:9–11), I urge you to…”