How would you expect to change if someone prayed Ephesians 1:15-23 for you?
Read Ephesians 1:15-23.
Faith in Jesus ultimately leads to love for other people who have been transformed by the grace of God. The apostle Paul heard of the Ephesians faith (v 15) and love (v 15) and prays they may know hope (v 18). That Paul does not stop praying for them (v 16) means he cares for them.
Q: What did Paul ask God to do for the Ephesians? (v 17).
A: Give them the Spirit of wisdom and revelation.That the Holy Spirit would continually reveal to the Ephesians more knowledge about God.
Q: Why did Paul ask for wisdom and revelation? (v 17).
A: So they would know who they are and what they have in Christ.
Q: How does Paul describe God?
A: The Glorious Father…the Father of Glory who shows his glory…the Father who reveals himself. God is viewed as a giver, who makes himself, as well as his character and plan, known.
Q: Why did he pray that the hearts of the Ephesians be enlightened? (v 18).
A: Paul prayed that the Holy Spirit would continually give his reader’s wisdom and understanding for life. That “lights” would go on inside people so they would know God and understand the benefit of the gospel.
Q: What three things did Paul want the Ephesians to know about God? (v 18-19)
A: The hope of their calling, the riches of their inheritance in the saints, and the incomparable greatness of His power for them.
Q: Describe the influence of God’s power (v 21).
A: The five categories of powers mentioned in v 21 are to emphasize Christ’s victory over them.
The way God has worked to accomplish salvation motivates Paul’s praise (1:3-14) and prayer (1:15-23). The goal of his prayer is that people will recognize the blessings mentioned in v 3-14.
Based on Ephesians 1:15-23, what kind of Christian community should we be today? First, a caring community that develops a depth of relationship with other believers who also belong to God. Second, a praying community that develops a practice of prayer because we all belong to God and must participate in a common God-given mission. Third, a thinking community that develops in wisdom and our understanding of life, God, and the importance of faith. Thinking is the basis for action. Use your mind to understand the implications of the gospel. The goal is to know God and understand His purposes for His people. Last, a powerful community that utilizes the power that comes from God, defined by the resurrection of Jesus and his exaltation as Lord over all. What we need is in Christ – relational power – that comes from being related to the One in whom power resides.
Think theologically. Paul says God blesses us to be a blessing to others. Pray it and live it.
Love is a verb,
©2019 by Mike Olejarz