When I hear the words of prayer stated in this passage, I’m overwhelmed. Often I’m busy asking God to provide tangible things for me and things for others. Why don’t I stop and pray like this?
”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, 18 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, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might” (Ephesians 1:17-19 ESV)
Beginning with praise filled titles for God, Paul asks that these treasures be given to believers at Ephesus. He longs that they be given “the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him.” If our focus is actually on Him, it is the right perspective. He is much greater than I can fathom. His answers to my questions, His responses to my prayers are all right. How we long to have our hearts enlightened that we, too, may know what is the hope to which He has called us! If we would see Him for Who He is, then our confidence would grow. Our identity is found in Him. When we realize the immeasurable greatness of his power, our actions will follow.
Like a little girl with a hammer looking at an unfinished house and being intimidated by the task, I seem to stand before problems. If I would truly look, then I would see that the builder is beside me, ready to do the work. If I would listen I would hear power tools in action. Then I would realize He’s invited me to see the work He is doing, and participate.
My prayers for people are lacking because I have not focused enough on the Father of glory. He is able! I see troubles around me, impossible restorations are needed and those things become the thing I concentrate on.
Instead my eyes must turn to Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)
Please be my focus! I’m sorry for the times that I concentrate on the trial and not on you. Cause my gaze to be on You. I trust you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Questions to Ponder
What is stealing your attention?
How does reading the words of faith and prayer in this passage affect you?
I Sing the Mighty Power of God by Isaac Watts (1715) is a joy to hear and join in singing. God is all powerful! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeSoE1Kmmv0