In these few verses Paul's joy is overflowing. He knows who he is and he longs that we would have the same discovery.
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. (Ephesians 1:15-19 NIV)
God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ simply because we belong to him, we are his sons and daughters. This is such an amazing truth but one we often miss or see through filtered glasses.
In this powerful prayer, Paul prays that the glorious Father will give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation to help us know him better. I believe this is a longing in our hearts. We really do want to know God and walk in his ways although sometimes we're not sure how that can happen. Here is the mystery: God, the Father, gives us the very thing we need to enable us to know him. We don't get to know God through our own effort, instead we receive a gift from him which enables us to know him.
Not only does this gift enable us to know him, it also causes the eyes of our heart (often dimmed or closed) to be opened and then we see who we are. We find our place of belonging in the Father's family and can step into the inheritance which is freely given to sons and daughters. My prayer today is that you know more fully who God is and that you see more clearly who you are.
A Father to YOU is a signpost to the heart of the Perfect Father. When we became Christians we were given the right to become children of God (John 1:12). Sadly, many of us fail to take up that right and instead continue to live as slaves or orphans. But our true destiny is being sons and daughters who have a permanent place in the Father's family. This blog is an encouragement to help you know who God really is and who you really are. Click here to subscribe.