March 21, 2017 – Ephesians 1:17-19a

Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23 focus on 1:17-19a

17 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. 18 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, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

Questions for observation and application:

What is the content of Paul’s prayer? What does he ask God for?

Why does Paul make this request (look for “so that” and “in order that” for statements of purpose)?

What does Paul want them to know?

Ask God to help you know him better.

Ask God to help those around you know him better.

Note that Paul’s prayer is Trinitarian. His prayer is to the Father, with reference to the Son, and it’s a prayer for the Spirit. The goal of this prayer is for knowledge, the sort of knowledge which brings about experience. Paul is not asking God that his readers should simply know about God, about hope, and about power, but to know God, know (experience) hope, and know (experience) power. This knowledge is only available through (1) the work of God in our lives and (2) our reception of that knowledge through the eyes of faith.

Bonus Reading: Psalm 119:73-80

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