Wisdom And Revelation
“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” Ephesians 1:15-23
So much of our lives are preoccupied with visual and audial stimulation from an ever-increasing number of sources that we have little time to pause and reflect on things that are given to enrich our lives and bring a sense of joyful anticipation of life in the world to come. Even as Christians without that joyful anticipation we are relegated to life in the mundane routine of waking and sleeping, mindlessly going through life with only monotony, fear and un-fulfillment as our companions; our souls being aimlessly tossed about by every wind of the powers of darkness in this world, pulled and tossed about in one direction then another, hearing false witness and deceptions, unable to discern truth from lies, good from evil, even death from life.
But God has given us a sure and steady anchor for our souls. That our hearts and minds may rest in the comfort and peace of knowing the wisdom from above, having the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ revealed to us by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Now the Apostle understood that we can be born again and have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ for salvation showing love to all the body of believers by our compassion, mercy, kindness and good works of ministry and still be lacking in wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.
This is why He prayed and so should we, that the eyes of our understanding would be enlightened so we will know what is the hope of our calling and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in all of us who believe, that is, that we would know how richly we are blessed to be the body of Christ. And what that amazing power is that is working in us just as it worked in Christ when, by it, He was raised from the dead.
The other day a friend of mine had eye surgery to remove cataracts. A few days later he came into the office to say how amazing it was to realize how bright the lights were in his office. Nothing had changed with the lighting. What had changed was his eyes. They were no able to discern greater clarity because they had been “enlightened.”
The power that raised Jesus from the dead is called an exceedingly great power that God wants us to know. And He has sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in us so that we can know that power and live by it working in us. That power is accessed by wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
So we may join in this prayer and say,
“Father we pray that You will give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. We pray that the eyes of our understanding would be enlightened that we may know the hope of Your calling and the riches of the glory of Your inheritance in us, the Body of Christ, and the exceeding greatness of Your power to us who believe. Open us to an understanding of the magnitude and power of Your presence in us that we may live out Your calling and bring glory to Your great name, fulfilling Your purpose and plan for our lives. Be glorified in us now and forever. Thank You Father, thank You Jesus, thank You Holy Spirit. Amen.”