“Grace is an outrageously relational term.”
– Dr. Ed Khouri
“How is the indwelling Spirit not relational?” – David Crabtree

Praying Paul – Paul Prays for the Ephesian Believers – Part 1

I invite you to take a slow, contemplative read through this section. Speak the prayer out loud and personalize it by saying “me” where Paul says “your”.

Ephesians 1:17-23 – Make it one of your prayers for this year.

Paul Prays for us to receive the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation

“Because of this, since I first heard about your strong faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and your tender love toward all his devoted ones, my heart is always full and overflowing with thanks to God for you as I constantly remember you in my prayers. I pray that the Father of glory, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would impart to you the riches of the Spirit of wisdom and the Spirit of revelation to know him through your deepening intimacy with him.

I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination, flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of his calling —that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that he finds in us, his holy ones!

I pray that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. Then your lives will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through you!

This is the mighty power that was released when God raised Christ from the dead and exalted him to the place of highest honor and supreme authority in the heavenly realm!

And now he is exalted as first above every ruler, authority, government, and realm of power in existence! He is gloriously enthroned over every name that is ever praised, not only in this age, but in the age that is coming!
And he alone is the leader and source of everything needed in the church. God has put everything beneath the authority of Jesus Christ and has given him the highest rank above all others. And now we, his church, are his body on the earth and that which fills him who is being filled by it! – Ephesians 1:17-23 (TPT)

Paul prays a majestic prayer here on behalf of the Ephesian believers. It’s a prayer that is highly relevant to us today.
We need what he is praying for, and we need the Father of Glory to…

    1. Impart the riches of the Spirit of Wisdom.
    2. Impart the Spirit of Revelation.
    3. Know God and have a deepening intimacy with Him.
    4. Illuminate the eyes of our imagination.
    5. Flood us with light.
    6. Experience the full revelation of the hope of His calling.
    7. Continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power.
    8. Make our lives an advertisement of His immense power.

ACTION:

Ponder, Pray, then Worship

After praying for those things we are invited to worship God’s majesty by declaring that He is exalted above every ruler and has the highest rank in the universe.

Spending time each day expressing this prayer and worship will most certainly renew our minds.

David Crabtree
Author: David Crabtree

David has spent more than 30 years in Senior Leadership, and is the founding senior pastor of DaySpring Church (Sydney) where he led for 27 years. He is currently living in Highlands Ranch (Denver), Colorado where he is a teacher, preacher and author. He is married to Narelle (also a senior pastor) and has 2 children with 6 grandchildren. Life's good! David and Narelle are also members of the Bethel Leaders Network (BLN) and have a role as BLN Builders.

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