Graced - Day 2 - A Prayer of Thanksgiving
Ephesians 1:15-23 - 15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that 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 rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
There are times when we are overwhelmed with the reality of God’s blessings in Jesus. In those moments there is only one thing to do - praise God and give him thanks. In this prayer of gratitude, Paul is doing just that by thanking God for the saints.
Notice what Paul is asking God to do in the lives of believers. In verses 17-18 he prayed “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened...” Paul’s prayer is that God the Father would give the Spirit of wisdom (the Holy Spirit) to provide revelation in the knowledge of God. To put it another way, Paul is asking God to open our hearts so that we can know fully the reality of our spiritual blessings in Jesus.
Paul specifically asked God to give us knowledge of three things: hope, glory and power. Paul wants us to know the hope to which God has called us (v.18), the glory of God’s inheritance in the saints (v.18), and the mighty power of Jesus, which is a work in us (v.19).
Paul closed his prayer by praising Jesus for who he is and all that God has done through him. Notice how great Jesus is: he rose from the dead (v.20), he is seated at the Father’s right hand in glory (v.20), he is greater than all other rulers, authorities, powers and dominions (v.21), his name is greater than all other names (v.21), all things are under his reign and rule (v.22), and he is the head of the church (v.22).
• How does this prayer make you feel?
• In what ways are you thankful for Jesus?
• Action - Spend some time in prayer praising God and asking him to fulfill this prayer in your li