Wisdom, Hope and Power

ID-10049945   In continuing our look at Paul’s prayer of thanksgiving in Ephesians 1 we will see how he prayed for wisdom, hope and power on behalf of the people.

Ephesians 1:17-20

17 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. 18 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, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,

Paul is continuing to pray for the people. He is praying for them to receive wisdom and revelation from the Holy Spirit so they may know God more intimately. He wants the Holy Spirit to reveal to them divine things about the Lord only known by the Spirit. The same is true for us. We are blessed to receive knowledge and revelation about who God is by His Holy Spirit dwelling within us.

We are to have hope because we were called to be His children and be part of His family and will spend eternity with Him. In addition to wisdom and hope, we have power. It is not power that comes from our own strength or abilities, but from the Holy Spirit. This power that resides in us is the same that raised Jesus from the dead. It is easy for us to get discouraged in situations and feel defeated. However, we need to remember the amazing power that dwells within us so we can live victorious lives.

Which of the blessings, wisdom, hope or power are you in need of today? They are all available for those who believe. Ask the Lord for what you need to day. Remember when we ask things from the Lord, he does answer. His answers may not come in the way you are looking for them and His timing may not be yours. When we ask things from the Lord, we need to persevere in prayer trusting that He is in control and He knows what is best for us. We also need to have our eyes open to see Him respond in unique ways. Seek Him, persevere and keep an eye out for His work in your life today!

 

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6 thoughts on “Wisdom, Hope and Power

  1. Six months after an experience of the reality of Jesus, I read the Scripture for the first time and understood what being born again was/is. Read the intro and was amazed to hear of your Katy location. My daughter lives there with young family. Maybe…?

    • Gary, what an amazing blessing for you to find yourself reading Scripture for the first time! God is so good! I love how the internet makes it an even smaller world where we can connect with people near and far. Great to hear you have a daughter here in the Katy area. If they are interested in a church I would love to introduce them to Grace Anglican Community. You can check out our website at http://www.graceanglicankaty.com

  2. Very encouraging 🙂

    • Nolongerwounded, thanks for the kind words. I hope this study of Ephesians helps readers understand the book more and can be a wonderful source of encouragement. Blessings!

  3. Great message Shelly! It is important that we remember that God has given us all of these things. In the world we live in, it can be easy to feel defeated and in those times we have to stand strong in prayer and know who we are and who we belong to!

    • Traci, thanks for the encouragement!We do need to remember all we have and all we are is because of His grace. Blessings!

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