“I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you a spirt of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength.” Ephesians 1:17-19
Ephesians is said to be of the best of Pauline theology with its teaching, doctrine, and practical truths for living. In the key text, Paul was praying for the young church in Ephesus to be granted a spirit of wisdom and revelation from God, and that they would have greater knowledge of Him. He was praying they would be more enlightened. Sisters, as believers, no matter if we are babes in Christ, or have been in the faith a long time, we should not be intellectually lazy. We still must have our eyes opened so we can come to a deeper understanding of crucial truths in His Word. “Perception of our mind” means the eyes of our heart, our inner person: the will, desires, emotions, and intellect. We read His Word, we study His Word, and we pray for the Lord to reveal to us the truths we need to understand. It is how we get to know our heavenly Father. It is how we grow closer to Jesus Christ in our daily walk. We learn doctrine and biblical theology. God opens our eyes to reveal who He is, and to have a clearer and more distinct knowledge of His glorious riches, grace, and glory.
We must be persistent, ambitious even, to be more enlightened in the things of God. Our eyes were already opened, of course, to first see and believe in Jesus Christ, but beyond that we must continue to be enlightened so we can know the hope of His effectual calling on our lives. Knowing this hope, knowing what His glorious riches are, and knowing the immeasurable greatness of His power, helps us persevere, sisters.
Father, as Paul prayed for the believers in Ephesus, and no doubt hoped this letter would spread among other believers, we pray for a spirit of revelation and wisdom. We want to be enlightened; we want to know more of You so we know this hope of Your effectual calling on our lives. We need to know crucial truths so we can live this life of faith, with perseverance and passion.
I think we all go through times of being intellectually lazy. To be honest, it’s on purpose sometimes. There are days I don’t want to dig in deep and get a better understanding. It’s just sin and laziness on my part, sisters. But whether it’s something we do in sin, or are a new believer and just don’t know that we must be persistent in knowledge of Him, pray for the Lord to enlighten us and give us the desire to know the hope of His calling on our lives.