“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;”
If you’ve ever attended Celebration Church or spent time praying with our church family, the prayer of Paul in Ephesians 1:15-19 is one you should be familiar with. I encourage anyone who desires to grow spiritually to know those verses of scripture by heart- in fact, Ephesians 1 and 2 by heart.
Let’s take a close look at it.
Eph 1:15: “Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,”
Paul is just introducing the prayer in the verse above, and there is already a lesson to be learned here. He connotes that faith is Jesus is accompanied by love for the saints. When you believe in Jesus, your love for his body comes with the package. You can’t claim to love the Lord but hate your brethren.
Eph 1:16: “Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;”
The next thing we see in this Pauline prayer is thanksgiving. Paul thanked God constantly for the salvation of the Ephesian church. We emphasized a few days ago that thanksgiving should form a major part of your prayer life especially as it relates to God’s salvation plan in Christ Jesus.
Eph 1:17, 18: “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:”
The Apostle Paul makes us realize that after salvation, the next most important thing is knowledge; spiritual wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God. For Paul, this is more than a prayer. He doesn’t just pray about this, he teaches them. You see him expounding such revelation knowledge to them once this prayer is done. That is something to learn from. You don’t sit at home praying for spiritual wisdom and revelation; you study the word, you follow a pastor who is apt to teach. That’s how to grow.
Eph 1:18 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,
The verse above makes you realize that what God has done for you in Christ is not a mystery that cannot be unearthed. You can understand; the eyes of your understanding can be flooded with light. It is not God’s intention for you to grope around blindly, not understanding the hope to which you have been called because ‘it is a mystery.’ No, God wants you knowledgeable. He wants you to be able to discern the riches of his glory in what Christ has done for you.