Good morning DPR, I believe we had a fun filled weekend? God has given us all things richly to enjoy according to 1 Tim 6:17, so never feel wasteful when you enjoy the abundance God has in store for you. Today, we continue with our series; New Creation Prayers, and we’re going to dwell more on the most import prayer perspectives Believers must have, while we take our cue from a Pauline Prayer in Ephesians 1. There are prayers and there are Prayers. Quite frankly, well pardon my sentiments and that of the fathers of faith like Brother Kenneth Hagin, but I’ll regard the PAULINE PRAYER in Ephesians 1:17-23 as the most powerful prayer anyone can pray for himself, his family, the church and his nation. Captured in the essence of that prayer are eternal realities condensed into a format that our human minds can relate with, albeit with proper illumination. I never get to soak in enough when it comes to the Pauline Prayers spattered across the delineation of the epistles. They are so rich and full of God’s most important priorities. Zooming in on the Ephesians 1, we realise some truths about God’s most important and heart felt desire for the believer.
Ephesians 1:15 (Kjv) Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16 Cease not to pray for you, making mention of you in prayers; 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to is-ward who believe according to the working of His mighty power, 20 Which He wrought in Christ, when he caused Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above principality, and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come, 22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church, 23 Which is His body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all.
That’s just beautiful isn’t it? How beautifully crafted were those words? It’s a remarkable passage of scripture that has the potential to literally change any life in just a few months. Kenneth Hagin said he prayed these prayers for 6 months and something happened within him. He couldn’t read the Bible the same way he used to anymore. Revelation knowledge began to fly out of every corner he turned to. This might not appeal to you if you have priorities in your life other than an increased knowledge of God, but for those who have an insatiable appetite for God, this just lights you up doesn’t it? In all these verses, there’s only one prayer actually… Verse 17, That God would give unto us wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Himself. That’s the most important prayer in life. Everything after verse 17 only explains the impact the prayer will have on the individual’s life who prays these prayer. The increased knowledge of God is weightier in worth and value than a billion tonnes of gold put in a billion places for a billion years.
John 17:3 (KJV) And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.
Eternal life according to John 17:3 is wrapped up in the knowledge of God through The Christ. Prayer is ultimately about knowing God more intimately through fellowship. It’s a bit sad today that prayer has been relegated and made synonymous to petition and simply asking God for things. Prayer is much more than that. Paul prayed for the Ephesians that they will catch a revelation of God in ways beyond their imagination. Do we know what it means to know God? Not the knowledge that a pastor distills to us while we warm the pews on Sundays and Midweek services? But the kind of knowledge that can’t be outdone by an argument or a circumstance. Paul said he knew Whom he believed. Many believe God, but hardly ever do more than that. You need to grow in Grace through the knowledge of Jesus Christ, 2 Pet 2:2, 3:18. That’s why prayer is non negotiable in our Christian walk with God.
So in Ephesians 1, we have seen that the heartbeat of God for His people is for them to know Him. Remember, in the garden of Eden, His best part of the day was when He went to visit with man and just fellowship with Him. That was the whole point for even making the earth in the first place; To create an extension of Himself with whom He could fellowship. This powerful prayer in Eph 1, was further broken down into 3 broad streams, and we will do justice to that as the series progresses. When we come into an accurate progressive knowledge of God by wisdom and revelation, the next thing it does is that it enlightens our eyes of understanding. It opens us up to broader portals of God’s glory and riches made available in Christ Jesus from before the foundations of the world. Paul calls them the unsearchable riches of Christ, Glory to God! Everything God is doing on earth via the Church can NEVER be done without the enlightening of our eyes of understanding. The Church as a body can only walk in the LIGHT of the current revelation He walks in. There was a time Christians tarried for years for the gift of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of tongues before they got it, but now… things have fast changed, light increased and bam! the Church walked in greater manifestation of the Spirit. Trust me, there are still quite some things the Present Church is yet to get a handle on, but glory to God, we will get it. It’s a progressive advancement of knowledge that never stops until we behold Him face to face and He transfers His infinite knowledge into our minds and then we’d be perfect. But until then, we can only keep praying for enlightened eyes. That’s why we must never be critical of one another in the body of Christ, we are all at varying distances from THE LIGHT.
1 John 3:2 (KJV) Behold, now we are the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear we shall believe Him; for we shall see Him as He is.
Matt 6:22 The light of the body is the eye; if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
It says it doesn’t yet appear what we shall be, the state we are now is an evolving one, we keep changing and growing into his likeness as the day passes. How we change is by constantly beholding Him with our focused eyes and the more we behold Him, our whole body shall be full of light. Full of revelation knowledge and then miracles will become common place, being led of God becomes real easy, then folks will get saved in their droves. The Church (every believer) must make progressively beholding God through His Word, a priority in order for the body of Christ to be FULL of light. When this floodlight falls upon our eyes of understanding, as individuals, we will know 3 basic things. I call them the 3 P’s of the Pauline Prayers.
1. We will know our Purpose; Hope of His calling.
2. We will know our Possession; His inheritance in the saints.
3. And we will know our Power/Position; His power towards us in heavenly places.
We would go into greater details of all these broad streams in our next posts. God bless your heart and have a fruitful week ahead.