When Paul prays
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, (Ephesians 1:15-22 NIV)
I love this prayer, every time I read it hope stirs in my heart. This is a Spirit inspired prayer that we can use. Read it and make it your own. What is it that Paul asks God to give the Ephesians? He asks for a Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that they may know the glorious Father. Paul has seen the father, and his desire is that we would have similar revelation. He is pouring out all that God is done in him. His desire is that we should see the Father as he has seen him. He goes onto pray that our hearts would be flooded with light, enlightened to see more of the Father. There are three particular areas in addition to the Spirit of wisdom and revelation prayer that has already been prayed that he prays for. He prays that we would know the hope to which he has called us, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints and his incomparably great power that is available for us who believe. This is Paul’s reality, he knows what it is to have a spirit of wisdom and revelation, he knows what it is to have his heart flooded with light in knowledge of the hope to which he has called us, he know the glorious inheritance and he is living in the incomparably great power that is available to us who believe. This is Paul’s reality and his desire is that it is our too. I read this and I long for more, I want to know the reality of these things. there is nothing more frustrating than to pray and not see the prayers answered. Reading this assures me that Gods desire is to answer prayer so I can pray this with confidence, I can pray this knowing that he wants to answer it? Why, because it is in God’s word, it is his truth to us. Sometime I feel like prayer is a baton that God places before us, that if we would just pick it up, if we would just reach down and grab it we can run with what he places in our hands. I love to pray, but I don’t like to pray if there is no hope. This is a prayer of hope, a prayer that you can be assured God desires to answer.