“Discovering our resources”
Ephesians chapter 1 verses 4-14 has the distinction of being the longest sentence in the Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Reading as one sentence cause the reader to realize that Paul was transfixed upon what God has done on behalf of believers:
- 4-6 Plan of the father:
- Our calling by the Father before time began
- His destining us to be his adult children
- 7-12 Price paid by the Son:
- Our being set free and forgiven by His shed blood
- His gathering together all things for His glory
- 13-14 Protection by the Spirit:
- Our hearts being opened to the truth by the Holy Spirit
- His sealing of us guaranteeing our future glory
All of this was the work of God but in chapter 1 verses 15-18 Paul is moved to prayer on the behalf of these Ephesian believers. I don’t know about you but if I had to evaluate the weakest aspect of my Christian life it would have to be my prayer life. Oh it’s not that I don’t pray rather it is that I don’t realize what to pray. Years ago I clicked on a button on my computer screen for a Bible software program I have. As the program was loading in small print two words popped up that simply said, “Discovering Resources”! Saint’s that is what Paul’s prayer is all about, in fact that is what our prayer lives are to be all about “Discovering our Resources”! There are “Four specific things that Paul prays that these Ephesian would discover about their resources as believers”:
- 17b “Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him”: Now knowledge deals with our thinking process or our mind, it is informational.
- 18a “What is the hope of His calling”: “Hope” deals with our emotions on things.
- 18b “The riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints”: Here the emphasis of this part of the prayer deals with our attitudes or motivation.
- 19-23 “The exceeding greatness of His power towards us who believe”: The final aspect of Paul’s prayer deals with our actions.
That is what Paul prayers for these believers, that the truth of God and what He has done for us would be experienced in how we think, what we feel, our attitudes and our actions! Now there is a prayer that will effect every aspect of our lives and do us a world of good!