Prayer for Revelation
“For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.” Ephesians 1:15-21
In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians he has been talking to them about the spiritual blessings that we all have in Christ. At the beginning of this prayer is an acknowledgment that the Ephesians are getting it right. “For this reason” because of all the spiritual blessings that they have and because the Ephesians are living in the spiritual blessings, they love God and they show their love “toward all the saints” Paul is giving thanks for them. But he wants them to have more. We will never be complete in the things we can know and learn about God on this side of heaven. Paul wants the Ephesians to realize that and we need to know it as well.
We had a sweet lady who lived down the road here at our lake. I didn’t have the opportunity to know her well before she passed away, but I did get to meet her a few times. She radiated the love of God when she walked into a room, and I heard what others said about her. The thing about Ms. Diana that struck me the most when I heard people speak of her, was that her love for the Lord and studying God’s word was going to come up in conversation. She never stopped studying and learning about God. Ms. Diana knew that her knowledge of Him was not complete until she took her first step into glory!
Paul is praying for this type of revelation over the Ephesians. He wants them to have the “Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him”. He is asking God to give them that knowledge. But not just for knowledge sake, but that they may KNOW the “hope to which he has called” them. Oh that we would know Him like that. Not just to know Him but that we would KNOW Him in order to see the hope that is before us in Him.
Furthermore, that we would know our inheritance! Paul wanted the Ephesians to know that the same power that raised Christ from the dead is living in them. We need to know that the same power that raised Christ from the dead is living in us. Because of Christ and what He did on the cross and that He rose from the dead three days later and we believe that and we stake our lives on it, we have that same power living in us. And when you KNOW that, it changes everything. I am not talking about a head knowledge of knowing it. I am talking about a heart knowledge of knowing. The internal knowledge that makes me want to walk in the hope He has called me to. The internal knowledge and hope that makes me want to live like a daughter of the king. The internal knowledge that helps me to have a love for all the saints, whether they are the lovable of God or not. The internal knowledge that knows that whatever situation or circumstance or crisis or everyday mundane thing that concerns me will have the same power that raised Christ from the dead to overcome it.
This prayer is a good one to pray for yourself and it is a good one to pray for your people. Pray it over your spouse, pray it over your children and grandchildren and then believe it!
I want that knowledge and revelation for me and I want that knowledge and revelation for you too!