Paul's Prayer for All People
"Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers." Ephesians 1:16
The book of Ephesians is a letter written by Paul when he was in a Roman prison. It was sent to the church in Ephesus which he led for over two years (Acts 19:10), but it circulated among several other churches as well. The letter is filled with wisdom, encouragement and great teachings about what it means to be a follower of Christ and how the church should operate. One of the most important messages is that we are unconditionally loved and totally accepted in Christ. The foundation of the ability to receive life from these words is based on God's mercy and grace, not something 'good' in us. There is no earning power with God, only receiving a free gift and living in it. I wonder if Paul ever thought this letter would be such a great revelation for us today!
Paul's Prayer of Declaration: "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." Ephesians 1:17.
1. Wisdom is Christ in us by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the Wisdom within us. Understanding Christ is our life wisdom, we are now guided in all Truth; with confident belief (I Corinthians 1:30, I John 5:14, John 16:13). Wisdom, the Holy Spirit, becomes the source of our life. Wisdom is the revelation in the knowledge of Jesus Christ in us. Revelation is an inner knowing of something we didn't know before. Seeing this movement changes us from within the Holy Spirit, gives us power in life; but doesn't make us a religious person.
2. "The eyes of your understanding being enlightened..." (Ephesians 1:18). When you say, "Lord Jesus Christ, I want to understand", your eyes are opened more and more to the power in you. "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, (how?) through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue." II Peter 1:3.
3. "...that ye may know what is the hope of his calling..." (Ephesians 1:18). What is His calling?
- I remember when I started saying, "I am God's will for my life on earth", my mind shifted from 'doing something' to 'being someone'. I would say, "I am a container and an expresser of His life." The statement cannot be based on feelings because emotions can cause us to lose our awareness of who we really are: a spirit connected to the Holy Spirit. The foundation of my belief is based on the revelation that God sent me here to be me; I did not ask to be here. I know I am provided for and upheld by His Word because of this understanding.
- The hope of God's calling; "But the God of all grace, who hath called us into his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you." I Peter 5:10. Isaiah said we were created to contain God's glory, and it will be seen upon us (Isaiah 43:7, Isaiah 60:2).
Glory is the amazing result of God at work and our circumstances. It is God's will to be aware of His glory in us, waiting to be released by faith.
4. "...to them who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28. It is God's calling for us to look and see that all things work together for good. No matter what, when we look up and experience Romans 8:28, we say, "I can't wait to see God's good coming to me through this." We can miss God's good by looking through negative eyes. An uplifted perception and attitude is a receiver for God's undeveloped good to come to us.
5. "...the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints..." (Ephesians 1:18). When we settle into being God's will, we experience the riches of His glory. Riches are the ability to have a supernatural peace which is our power, provision and purpose. As the will of God on earth, we enjoy ourselves, others and nature. We adapt to a life of peace and joy.
6. "And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power." (Ephesians 1:19). When there is an emotional or mental low, it is healthy to work through it, but if it is allowed to continue, it can become an unhealthy (illegal) behavior. If the 'illegal' behavior continues, then it's necessary to go back to the time it began, reclaim it and apply the blood of Jesus to that time and place. Repent for the wrong response and for allowing it to take place. Continue casing it upon the Lord and accept His forgiveness until the 'low' completely dissolves. This is the work of faith and a lifetime career.
Holy Spirit, I know You are my helper. I know You are helping me experience Your peace now. I say this to be so by Jesus Christ's name. Amen.