I have come to love this prayer of Paul:
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 Spiritt 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. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 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. (Eph 1:15-21 NIV)
In reflecting on it now, I’m struck by God’s “incomparably great power” for us through our trust. I need the Spirit to give me a greater facility in trusting God’s powerful presence and intervention. I still often default to anxiety which is rooted in a self-conscious, self-focused, self-limited perspective. “I don’t think I can do that…” becomes a dead-end to creativity, courage, hope, resourcefulness and so on.
“Father, I need what Paul asks here in opening my heart’s eyes wider and clearer to see the hopeful, fruitful future You’ve prepared for us, the riches You’ve invested in each of us and all of us as Your people—Your heirs, and the power beyond measure accessible to us through our living attentively dependent on Jesus. May I come to believe and practically trust that You still want to work among us on the same scale as Your mighty work in raising Jesus from the dead, seating Him in authority in Your heavenly dimension for all time.”
How does this prayer intersect with where you find yourself in life and ministry today?
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