Know Him more
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, Ephesians 1:17
Today’s verse is the start of Paul’s prayer for the church at Ephesus, but it can be a prayer that we pray today for one another and also for ourselves. We know this prayer is God’s will, so we can confidently pray it and expect to see the results. He starts by saying to them: “I’m praying that God, our Heavenly Father empowers you to know Him more through His Spirit of wisdom and revelation.” So the first thing Paul is praying for the believers is that they would know God more.
This is also our starting point today. Knowing God on a personal level is something we can grow more in every day of our lives. The way we do this is the same way we grow closer to anyone here in the world. It is by spending time with Him. I’m not just talking about reading the bible or books about God. Yes, these things can help us have a better understanding of His character and who He is, but this knowing is personal. Spending time with God on a personal level is talking with Him. Not only talking to Him but listening to Him also. Taking the time to converse with Him daily is the only way to have this sprit of wisdom and revelation that Paul is talking about here. It is an intimate time in which you shut out the things of the world and press into God with the purpose of growing your relationship with Him.
I have often prayed this prayer from Ephesians 1, but never took time to really understand it. Starting out, I would focus on this spirit of wisdom and revelation. My perception was always that it was wisdom and revelation of things going on in the world and more specifically my world. I always prayed this scripture as a focus on what is going on in my life. On looking closer, I see now that this is focused on getting to know God better and having wisdom and revelation in the things of God and what He has going on. My heart is turned to God’s agenda and plans and where I fit into them, not where He fits into my plan. This prayer exposes who is truly on the throne of my heart. Am I looking to fit into God’s plan or is my focus to fit God into my life (plan)?
Today I want to encourage you as we go through this prayer that Paul prayed for the church at Ephesus, to consider and pray these things in your own life and those in your world. Start by deciding that God is on the throne of your heart and ask Him where you fit into His plans for this world at this time. Then set special time aside each day, the most important part of your day, to get to know Him more and your assignment for the day. Make God’s agenda your agenda and begin to truly make Him LORD of your life by making Him LORD of today!
Today’s scripture reading: Ephesians 1:15-23