This last month I have been immersed in reading Ephesians, Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus. This letter is jampacked with Gospel truths, but what really caught my attention was Paul’s prayer found in Chapter 1.
“I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know Him, so that, with the eyes of your heart
enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable
greatness of His power for us who believe according to the work of His great power.” Ephesians 1:19
The beginning of this prayer probably caught my attention as we began studying the book of Proverbs together on Sunday mornings. It has been challenging to seek the wisdom found
in the proverbs and work out how to apply them to our lives. One very practical thing that has changed for us as a family is that we have bought some new alarm clocks so that all five of us can charge our phones and tablets outside of bedrooms so that we are not distracted by the temptations of social media, TV and games, at a time when we should be prioritising rest. This has not necessarily been easy, and we have wrestled together with why it might be helpful and there has definitely been pain involved as we realise how much we are used to having these gadgets to hand. However the hope is that this wisdom will prove not only helpful now but
also in the long term as we establish good habits for all of us.
And that’s the thing about wisdom, it’s both for the now and for the future. Paul in his prayer prays for wisdom for the Ephesians so that they may come to know three things; the hope to which they are called, the riches of inheritance for the saints and the immeasurable greatness of His power working in us. In all of these three areas there is a complete fullness that we will not fully understand until we meet Him face to face. However it is clear that these things are also available for us to know more of now through the wisdom God will give us. We have the opportunity through our life journey in relationship with Jesus, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, to continually grow in wisdom in these areas. Personally, I find this an exciting journey of discovery as I learn more about what God wants for me in the now as well as in the future.
Yet at this point I feel that I know some of the hope that I have in Jesus, that hope of new life both now and eternally, but I want to know more of what difference that hope makes to my life now. I know some of the riches of His inheritance but I believe that there are so many riches of His inheritance that I have not yet discovered, I want God to reveal these to me. Like the elder son in the story of the Prodigal son I believe the father says to us “All that is mine
yours” (Luke 15:31), but I think so often we don’t realise what is there available to us. The elder son perhaps felt that he could only use His inheritance on special occasions but the Father was saying that it’s available all of the time, in the ordinary of each day not just in the extraordinary. I also suspect that I have only begun to imagine the immeasurable greatness of His power that is available for us, because, as it goes on to say, this is the same power that
raised Christ from the dead! That is power indeed, power not to be abused as we see so often in our world around us but power to bring fullness of life, resurrection power. Perhaps we see that power as only available for the occasional healing or other miracle but again I think that this prayer suggests that this power is available all of the time. I have a real desire that I will come to know more of Jesus power in my life and how He wants me to use it to bring life to others.
So as we continue delving into this rich book of Proverbs, and seek God’s wisdom for our lives, this is my prayer for both myself and all of us, that we would know more of His wisdom in these three areas and that we would learn what these look like in our ordinary day-to-day lives.
This is my prayer, would you join me and make it yours too?
Lesley Currie (Curate)