Sunday: May 25, 2020
As complicated as the word of God sometimes appears to be, there are many other moments when that same word, without any expositions or garnishes, hits home exactly as it should. In that manner, God is able to communicate heartfelt truths and mysteries to our inner man with no other person involved. This prayer of Saint Paul presented today was offered for the church in Ephesus and it is a text many of us are familiar with.
Yet, reading it today, it spoke to me differently. I cannot exactly point out if the version of scripture played a part, but it felt as though today’s encounter was meant to be ‘with the word’, in the plainest of terms. Thus, I share the text with you and encourage you to read it with great patience and to make this prayer in Ephesians 1:17-20 (Amplified + NLT) your very own:
“[I always pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may grant you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation [that gives you a deep and personal and intimate insight] into the true knowledge of Him [for we know the Father through the Son].
And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people), and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe.
This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms”
That is deep prayer.