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Ephesians Devotional—Week One, Day Five (12/4/09)

Ephesians 1:15-23

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, {16} I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. {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 also 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 the saints, {19} and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, {20} which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, {21} far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. {22} And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, {23} which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Notice that Paul the apostle prayed much for the believers in Christ. He prayed for them, and he thanked God for them.

Notice also that in his prayer, he doesn’t pray for a change in their circumstances. His focus was to pray that his readers would know certain truths which were already theirs. It was a prayer for their illumination and personal experience of the truth.

Specifically, Paul prayed for an awareness of God that would help them know Him better, that they would experience His hope within their hearts, and that they would experience the incredible power of God which was living inside of them. What is this power like? It’s the same power that both resurrected and exalted our Lord Jesus Christ. It’s the same power that has placed everything under Jesus’ direct rule. Think of it: this is the power that we already have, because of the One living within us.

  1. Have you prayed for fellow believers? Think about the content of these prayers … how many of them were focused on changing their circumstances?
  2. What do you think: are the prayers of Ephesians 1 proper prayers for us to pray for others today? Why do you think so?
  3. Look up 1 John 5:14-15 and Mark 11:24. How can you tie together these two promises with Paul’s prayer? How does this connection help you to pray more effectively?
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