Scripture

Ephesians 1:15-23

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 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, 21 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. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Reflection

Next week, we will read the prayer Paul offers at the end of Ephesians chapter 3. I have encouraged you to use that prayer many times before to pray for others. Most recently, we invited our entire congregation and the parents of the 6th graders in our spring Confirmation class to pray that for each of those young men and women.

At the end of chapter one, Paul shares another one of his prayers. This is something Paul does throughout his writings which I find so meaningful. He goes beyond saying, “I’m praying for you.” He wants the recipients of his letters to know what and how he is praying for them.

Like the prayer in chapter three, we find a favorite theme of Paul’s prayer life. Paul is consistently praying for all those who are now living ”In Christ” to know the POWER of their new life.

Look at verse 18. He wants you to,

“...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.”

And if that was not enough to leave you feeling overwhelmed, don’t miss how Paul describes this power.

It is,

“...the same (power) as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.”

Do you know this power in your life today?

Do you believe this power is God’s gift to all who believe?

Is there a fear, a concern, a need, an ongoing worry nagging you that needs to be reminded of the power of the Holy Spirit that is living in you?

Perhaps the reason Paul so consistently prays this prayer for others is because he needed to be reminded of that on a regular basis as well.

Prayer

For your prayer time today, I want to encourage you to pray this prayer for someone else in your life. Simply add their name where it would be appropriate and pray through these words on their behalf.

And if you want extra credit... take the time today to let them know specifically what and how you prayed for them today.