“The Blessing of Prayer”
Our text contains the prayer Paul prayed for those to whom he wrote. In it he does two beautifully important things.
1. He thanks God for saving them.
Ephesians 1:15-16 NKJV 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:
2. He asks God to enlighten them.
The "hope of His calling" encompasses…
- The Father's plan, which includes our inheritance.
Ephesians 1:17-18 NKJV 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,
- The Holy Spirit's power, which raised Jesus from death AND works in us!
Ephesians 1:19-20 NKJV 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,
- Jesus Christ's position, which exalts Him above everyone and everything.
Ephesians 1:20-23 NKJV 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.
"God knew the worst about you when He accepted you for Jesus' sake; and the verdict which He passed then was, and is, final." —J.I. Packer
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