Ephesians 1:15 -23
Ephesians 1:15 -23 (New King James Version)
Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom
15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and
every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
There are a few things that caught my eye as I was reading the text for today.
- Let’s start with (vv 17, 18 ) where Paul says “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,”
In (v. 21) we read “far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.”
- When I read these two verses I think of Solomon and his request for understanding heart (1 Kings 3:1-15). As a pastor this is one of the three things I pray for every night; I pray for the wisdom to lead my church, I prayer for the repentant heart that David had, and I pray for spiritual strength so I may stand up for the things Christ would have me do. Ok well 4 things, I also as ask for the depth of the love Christ holds for each of us.
And let’s finish with (vv 22, 23) “And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”
- The question I see here is; who are these groups? Well when I read this I read that He was given powers over not only the earthly things but all things. (Romans 8:38), (Eph.v6:12) this series is commonly understood as referring to angelic powers both good and bad. So we see that Christ id superior to all powers, both Heavenly and earthly.
- He is the supreme and universal authority. Paul is anxious at all times to make this very clear to people, that Christ should not be seen as a subdeity.
- It is important that we understand that Christ is the Head of the Church and the body of the Church. As the head of the church He is the ruler the active center of operations. And as the body, each member of the church is part of Him and He apart of them. We may not all be alike but just as the body is made of different parts so is the church, each with their own talent and without one the other parts would not function properly. (Col. 2:19).
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Personal Reflection and Discussion
- What do pray at night? Do you “Pray to be” or “Pray to get”
- On day 15 of the last 40 days we studied about “Intercessory Prayers” Paul states how he is praying for their “spiritual wisdom.” Do you believe this made a difference in their church?
- Are there any other things you see in the text?
- Call your Partner and discuss this devotional.
- Continue to have a prayer list and let the new people know you are praying for them.
- Pray with them and ask for the following;
For today use the following Bible verse in your prayer (1 Kings 3:9)
- For God to bring understanding to your life.
- For God to strengthen your role within the church.
- For the individuals on your pray list.