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Paul’s Prayer For The Ephesians (And You And Me)

As we wind down the first chapter of Ephesians, we see how Paul prays for the believers of Ephesus.

First, Paul had heard, while in prison, of their faith in Christ and love the saints, prayed for them.  He did not cease giving thanks for them while making mention of them in his prayers.  He did not just give thanks for them, though.  Paul prayed for specific things.

The second component of his prayer for the Ephesians was that the eyes of their heart would be enlightened.  What Paul is getting at is that he desires for their minds to grow in the knowledge of Christ.

Next, he prayed that they would have the hope of His calling.  Paul wants them to have the assurance that comes from the hope of this calling.

Paul also wants them to know the riches of the glory of His inheritance among the saints.  Each believer is an heir of the kingdom.  Knowing this changes one’s outlook on life.

Finally, Paul prays that they will know the surpassing greatness of His power toward those who believe.  God has given His power to those of us who believe.  This power is demonstrated through the working of the strength of His might.  This same power is what raised Christ from the dead.

Not only was Christ raised from the dead, but He was seated at God’s right hand, above all other rule, authority, power, dominion or name that is named.  He named Him head of the church, which is Christ’s body, which is the fullness of Christ.

What does this mean for us?

We have been prayed for before.  Yes Paul prayed for the Ephesians, but to think that he did not pray this for all believers to come would be to not know Paul.

We can know Christ, not just wish to know.

We have an assured hope of His calling.  We don’t have to just wish to know it.

We have an inheritance.  We are heirs of Christ.

We have God’s power.  We don’t have to ask Him for it.  He has already given it to us.

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