That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him.
The Apostle Paul opens the book of Ephesians with a prayer for the church in Ephesus.
Today, we are claiming that same prayer for ourselves.
First, Paul prays that God will give us a spirit of wisdom. Wisdom and knowledge are two different things. A person can have lots of knowledge but little wisdom. Knowledge is about facts. Wisdom is about living. Wisdom is understanding and knowing the true nature of things.
Wisdom knows how to live in line with the will of God. Wisdom empowers you to face the challenge ahead. God gave Joshua a spirit of wisdom so he could take over Moses’s position of leadership. James says if anyone lacks wisdom let him ask the Lord. True wisdom only comes from the Lord.
Second, Paul prays that we receive revelation in the knowledge of God. You only know God through revelation. You can know about God through reading the Bible, but it takes revelation from the Holy Spirit to move God’s Word from your head to your heart. Some of the meanest Christians I’ve ever met knew the Bible; however, they have never allowed the Holy Spirit to teach them spiritual truth. Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit, who would teach us all things. (John 16:14)
The Holy Spirit illuminates our hearts and mind to understand the things of the Lord. Paul is praying that the Holy Spirit would reveal the Lord Jesus to us.
Before you came to Christ, spiritual things were a mystery.
You might have known the Bible, but you couldn’t really know Jesus. Now that the Holy Spirit resides in you, He will teach you, give you wisdom, and reveal to you a deeper knowledge of the Lord Jesus.
Look at that verse again.
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him. – Ephesians 1:17
Make this confession.
I have a spirit of wisdom.
The Holy Spirit is revealing Christ to me.
Father, answer Paul’s prayer in my life today.
Lord, give me a deeper knowledge of who you are.
In Jesus Name,
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