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Pastor's POST for Sunday 03.06.2022, on Ephesians 1:15-23

Updated: Mar 5, 2022

"Knowing God Better"

This is our first message in our series, “A Life of Praying.” I had initially looked to title this series, “A Life of Prayer.” Then it struck me that “prayer” is more of a noun and what I think God wants of us to be “praying” not just to know more about “prayer.” So, “praying” is an active verb which is where I pray am praying this series will lead us as individuals and as a church – to times of deeper and more effective praying!

So, here we go with one of my favorite prayers in the Scriptures, Ephesians 1:15-23. Let me encourage you to write this prayer out in your own words 1) in the first person and 2) expanding on some of the themes these verses encourage us to embrace in our own prayers to God. So, here is some clarification on the sense of some of the original Greek words as well as expanded definitions for the use of some words in the Bible.

“Glory” speaks of ways in which God makes himself visible. God’s renown, honor, power, divine quality.

What does “glorious Father” or a more literal translation, “Father of glory” tell us about God’s character?

“Wisdom” points to insight of what was previously unknown or even hidden. In the Bible is often refers to what God has let us know about Jesus and God’s work of salvation.

“Revelation” is a Greek noun that might be translated as “an uncovering.” So, it brings the idea of an unveiling or a revealing. Again, in the Bible, God making known something we did not already know or more likely, could never know on our own initiative.

“Knowledge” is used to indicate learning of a particular point or directed towards a particular object. Other possible translation choices include perception, discernment, recognition, intuition.

“Enlightenment” is a Greek verb literally translated at “to shine or give light.” The verb speaks of something that once was in darkness is now illuminated or made evident. Though it can be used of real “light” shining on a “physical” object, the verb is also used of “knowledge” once unknow yet now understood more clearly.

“Hope” in the Bible is “faith standing on tiptoe” (see CFD Moule) looking expectantly to what God’s future holds. It speaks of a certainty or a deep trust in what God’s future will bring even though it has yet to arrive or been made fully visible.

Here are a couple questions before you put pen to paper and then speaks your words to God in “praying.” Yup, that is where this all ends up – you and I praying!

Can you see how this prayer is “Trinitarian.” that is focused on One God on Three Persons – God-the-Father, God-the-Son and God-the-Holy-Spirit? What work or role does each Person of the Trinity play in our prayers and in the life of faith?

In this prayer, what are the three “realities” about God and the Christian life we are asking God to make known to us?

Try and put each of these into your own words.

One last question before you begin.

Why is it important that we know (see verses 20-22) that God has seated Jesus at his right hand in the heavenly realm…. And God placed all things under Jesus’ feet and appointed Jesus to be head over everything for the church?

As you write this prayer out in your own words, keep in mind the vital importance of Christians always growing in our wisdom and understanding of God, the relevance of our faith and how this all impacts our thoughts and actions.

Get writing then start praying! Let me know what you experience.

See you Sunday!

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