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Paul's Prayer for Us

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Ephesians 1:15-19 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty

Paul had a direct connection to God. He walked in such harmony with the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit that when he prayed, heaven heard and answered. I find it interesting that Paul prayed for some very specific things to happen in the lives of believers. I think the list of things he prayed for is exactly what we need to walk our lives out faithfully with a connection to our Father in supernatural places. Paul knew what we needed to live a life that honored and glorified the Lord and he asked God for some very specific things to happen in every born-again believer.

He asked God to give us wisdom and revelation; the ability to have not only earthly wisdom but a supernatural understanding of divine truths. He asked God to open the “eyes” of our understanding; to give us the ability to see beyond our earthly existence. He asked God to give us a HOPE of His calling; the ability for us to see the width, depth, and greatness of our partnership with the God of creation.

Finally, he asked God to reveal to us the “greatness of His power.” He wanted us to know and see that we had access to a supernatural and a “beyond earth” source that could change our kingdom walk. My prayer today is that we would all receive all that Paul asked God to bring. I pray that we would see not only our value in this kingdom life, but that we would live with a newfound expectation that these specific things would start happening in our lives. I believe Paul prayed a prayer that was in agreement with all that Father wants to bring. May we seek them, see them, and walk them out as we live life on earth in this season.

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Found Guilty and Set Free

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Ephesians 1:3-6 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

Sometimes, when I am reading the Word of God; I come upon a scripture that causes me to just stop in my tracks. The above verses caused me to have such a moment. Even though I know and have known for some time that I was made free by the blood of Jesus, something about reading it again here caused cold chills (the good kind) to run through my body. The verse that really got me was verse four where it says: “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love…”

I know what you are thinking, “Surely the pastor knew this before now? Surely He knew that we are free before now?” It’s not that I didn’t know I was free before now, it’s what is said in the language of this verse that got me. It says that “I am without blame.” In other words, it’s what it doesn’t say that really gets me. It does not say that “I am without sin, or failure, or bad days.”

It says that I am “without blame.” In other words, God knows that I will have some sin in my life even after I know Jesus no matter how hard I try. He knows that I will have failure in my life even after I know Jesus despite my best efforts. He knows I will have some bad days even after I acknowledge Jesus as my Savior. He isn’t saying I won’t have bad moments; He is simply saying that I will no longer be blamed for them. In essence, He is saying this:

“You may be found guilty in a court of law for your mistakes, but you will never serve time for it.” In Christ, we are found guilty and yet we are set free because of His sacrifice. Because of the blood of Jesus, I am no longer judged to death. Because of the blood of Jesus, I am no longer blamed for my transgressions. That is something to celebrate!!

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