Praying for Position (Part 3 of 3) (by Ben Johnson)

[I] Cease not 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 unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power – Ephesians 1:16-19

Not a lot of time can be spent on this but when you read the prayers of Paul in his epistles, they are other-worldly. He does not pray for anyone’s sickness or that his own suffering would ease up, he prays for something bigger. It is not to say we are not to pray those things. We see written in the Bible to call all our cares upon God and to bring everything to Him in prayer. But Paul’s written prayers, seem bigger.

Paul has one thing in mind it seems when he says he prays for the Christians at Ephesus: that they would understand who they are in Christ. He prays that they would have wisdom and revelation of God, that they would have enlightened eyes, that they would know the hope of His power and the riches of their inheritance and know the exceeding greatness of His power to us-word. This is a tall order!

Again, it all boils down that he prays that they would understand who they are in Christ. He prays they would understand their position. He knows that from understanding their position, they can do the command he will give in chapter 4 to walk worthy.

My prayer for you is that you will understand who you are. You will never be able to joyfully do all that God calls you to do until you understand this. I challenge you to not just pray this for others but to pray it for yourself. Pray that as you read the Bible, God will enlighten your eyes of understanding and give you wisdom and revelation about all that He has done for us.


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