Read: Ephesians 1: 18-23
Reflect: “I pray that they eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know….” Ladies, we’ve landed on one of my very favorite portions of scripture. When one of the characters from the Bible describes what he’s praying for those around him, my ears perk up. I want to pray like people that met Jesus prayed.
Paul prayed that the Ephesians would KNOW three different things. We need to understand that the Greek word for “know” here is an experiential knowledge. Paul didn’t want the Ephesians puffed up with basic knowledge. He wanted them to know through experiences with a Living God. And, I want the same for us. Paul prayed that they’d know:
The HOPE of their calling
The RICHES of the inheritance of the saints
The POWER at work within -- the same power that raised Jesus from death
Respond: On page 15, Beth said, “If we have not beaten the living daylights out of the dreamer within us, we know somewhere deep inside of us that God is out there, that He can be found and known, and that perhaps the person we were created to be is found and known in Him.”
What if all God created you to be and to do is wrapped up in your true knowledge of Him? And, what if our true knowledge of Him (experiential knowledge) lies just beyond our surrender? Would you consider responding today with a surrender? Could you trust that our God is a Giver?
Paul says He has hope for you in your calling, and inheritance that you get to receive HERE with the saints, and power He’s placed within you. But, we have to KNOW (through experiencing Christ) it in order to LIVE it.
Beth asked us if we believe God to be a giver or a taker. I agree with her that all of life and calling will hinge on how we answer that question. Monday, I asked you to make a list in your journal of everything God has ever taken. Today, I’d like for you to consider what He’s given in its place. This list may need to be ongoing. Put it in a spot in your journal that can be added to all summer. With my whole heart, I believe God to be a giver…. The very best giver. If you’re having trouble believing that right now, I want you to know that I’m believing enough for the both of us. :)
Renew: Let’s remain in Paul’s prayer a little longer. Personalize it and pray it for yourself:
“I pray that the eyes of my heart may be enlightened so that I may know what is the hope of Your calling, what are the riches of the glory of Your inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of Your power toward us who believe.”