(Today's post by Britt Ozburn)
Paul begins his letter to the Church at Ephesus by praising God for His Grace through Christ, and showering the believers in Ephesus with love and gratitude for all they do for the Kingdom. They have great faith in God and love for their fellow believers. After thanking God for them, beginning in Verse 16, Paul states that he prays earnestly for the Ephesian Believers. What’s he praying for? Wisdom, revelation, and enlightenment, of something huge: God’s Power. God’s Power available to His Believers. When you place your faith in Christ, who gave Himself up on the cross, you are reunited with God through the Spirit, and his power is yours.
Paul is praying for a spirit of wisdom and revelation of God, that they may recognize His attributes: His might and His goodness. He further prays for an enlightenment of great hope of His inheritance and His power, which he then goes into further detail in the next four verses. His power delivered Israel out of bondage in Egypt, protected Daniel in the lions’ den, and brought Christ out of the dead and placed Him in high authority, above “every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come,” (Verse 21).
Paul is telling us that God is with us and makes His power available to us, beginning the moment we first believe that Jesus is the Christ. He has given us who believe an unfathomably-wonderful future, and as we abide, He is with us in every step, ready to extol His mighty power for our good. I think you should read verses 17-23 again, with the understanding that Paul is talking to you, too, as a Believer. We’ve been given a power we can’t comprehend, all for His glory:
Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself. (Ephesians 1:15-23 NLT)