through His Word
Once a month, I’m going to post on my blog a prayer from the Bible. I have five so far—one written by Paul, one spoken by Jesus, one said by a shepherd, one that was desperate, and even one that was inaudible. The prayers in Scripture are a model for us to know what to say to God and what to ask Him for. The first prayer is one of my favorites, found in Ephesians Chapter 1.
Ephesians 1:15-20 (NKJV)
Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened;
that you may know what is the hope of His calling,
what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.
Paul prayed for the Ephesians that they would grow in knowing God and in understanding three specific things: the hope of God’s calling (all that’s possible in life with Him), the riches of His inheritance (the resources and spiritual treasures He gives every believer), and the greatness of His power (the power that raised Christ from the dead, which works in us and through us). These three things are a combination for an abundant life in Christ, a life of impact, an adventurous life.
So how can we use this prayer as a model? We can pray for others and ourselves:
- For a spirit of wisdom and revelation – Dear Father, please help us to know You better as we seek You and follow You.
- To know the hope of His calling – Father, help us to anticipate with joy the possibilities found in life with You and to fulfill Your special calling on our lives.
- To know the riches of the glory of His inheritance – Show us what resources You’ve given us—like love, joy, and peace; strength, endurance, and courage; Your Word and Your Spirit—and help us to tap into them.
- To know the exceeding greatness of His power – Help us to depend on Your power to work in us and through us.
When we know God, we know a Father who loves us perfectly and a Friend who is always with us. When we understand what’s possible in life with God, we know that we can make it through difficulties and make a difference in people’s lives. We have an assignment from God to bless people’s hearts, and He gives us the power to do it. When we depend on God’s power to work in us and through us, fear and worry lose their sting, and obstacles are torn down. Let’s shoot for the fullness of life that God wants for us and depend on His resources to do it. God doesn’t do anything halfway. Since He has called us to an abundant life, He will provide the resources and wisdom to live it.
May God grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you know Him more and more and fulfill His will for your life. It is a beautiful calling, with a glorious inheritance, backed up by an amazing power!
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