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11 September 2018

Week of prayer: day 2 - more of God

Ben Thomas 2019 Ben Thomas Director of Operations
Longing for impact: Praying

Prayer that the Holy Spirit would reveal more of God to us.

“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. 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, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”
(Ephesians 1:17-19)

This prayer comes just after Paul affirms that the church has believed, found salvation and been sealed by the Holy Spirit, so what is he praying for?

Paul’s longing is that the knowledge of God would more deeply impact the church.

Tim Keller writes regarding these verses, “Biblically, the heart is the control center of the entire self. It is the repository of one’s core commitments, deepest loves, and most foundational hopes that control our feeling, thinking, and behavior. To have the ‘eyes of the heart enlightened’ with a particular truth means to have it penetrate and grip us so deeply that it changes the whole person.”

Paul keeps asking, seeking and praying in order that the Ephesian church would know God better. Paul’s desire for the church in Ephesus isn’t that God would change their circumstance or lift them from their situation, but that they would more deeply understand who God is, how He feels about them, what He’s done and what that really means for them.

Could we pray for this for one another today? Let’s pray that God would:

  • Help us to “keep asking” and not give up
  • Give us all a greater revelation of who He is
  • Drive the truths of the gospel deep in our hearts
  • Renew the joy of our salvation
  • Reveal himself to those doing the Alpha course this term
  • Teach our children and young people through their studies in Exodus

We can be confident when we come to God in prayer, because we know our heavenly Father loves to give good gifts to his children. How much more confident can we be when we ask him to do something he has already told us he wants to do?

“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”
(Habakkuk 2:14)





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