Thursday, January 13, 2011

Ephesians 1:15-19

15 I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power.

Questions to Consider
  • What evidence has God shown us of the greatness of His power (see v. 20 below)? What evidence has God shown you in particular?
  • Who are the saints? (The Greek for “saints” is literally “holy ones.” Recall that “holy” means “set apart.”) How could you love those who have been set apart for God (within ECV, in other faith communities, others)?
  • What is the theme of Paul’s prayer for us? How much of your life is oriented around knowing God? What would it look like to make this a focus of your life?

Possibilities for Prayer

Verse 17 is Paul’s prayer for us. Pray for a spirit of wisdom and revelation so that we could come to know all that vv. 17-19 describes. Let Ephesians pray vv. 17-19 over you; or pray these verses over someone in your life whom you’d like to come to know all that God has for them.