Prayer of Power and Glory

March 12, 2015

Ephesians 1:16-23 (Amplified)
I do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers.
17[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, 18By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones), 19And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength, 20Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places], 21Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come. 22And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout the church] 23Which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself].

Prayer of Power and Glory

This Spirit anointed prayer is a great one to memorize and pray over yourself, your loved ones and those that God has you making intercession for. It is one that I am not sure that we could ever plumb the depths of all that it expresses, let alone fully comprehend them. I can tell you this, it will only be by His Spirit that we do. It is not a prayer formula, but a prayer of spiritual revelation and transformation.
Let’s just share a little commentary on it today.
The first thing it brings to our attention is the unceasing and unfailing act of thankfulness as Paul makes mention of them in his prayers. Perhaps no one act captures the heart of God like our thankfulness. It is an act that not only blesses, praises and worships God for all that He has done, is doing and shall do, but heightens our own awareness of how truly blessed we are. How many times have you started thanking God for all that He has done in your life and you just start weeping, because you just became so aware of how extraordinarily rich He is in His love and blessing toward you. We know that we didn’t deserve a one of those blessings and yet He lavishes on us so many good and wonderful things. When we don’t have a spirit of thanksgiving, we can quickly start to take for granted and forget all of the wonderful benefits that our God bestows upon us.
Paul says, “For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory.” Paul is an intercessor that lifts up a continual supplication and prayer on behalf of those God has given him care over. This is a prayer that you never stop praying.
The first thing that Paul prays for is, “He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him.” The more spiritual insight you have of your God the more you are going to be completely blown away by Him. Nobody can wreck your world and your life in a good way like the Holy Spirit can. What the Holy Spirit wants to impart to you is not just head knowledge so you can go around and brag about your revelation knowledge and how spiritual are. The Words says, ‘knowledge puffs up, but love edifies’. Why does God want to impart wisdom and revelation to you? It is so that you can experientially become the expression of Him.
There are three primary things that God wants you to know and understand to bring you into the expression of who He wants to be in you. He wants you first to have a revelation of your identity in Him. “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” You can’t be who He has called you to be until you first know who you are in Him. Then, He wants you to know your position; that you operate out of a heavenly perspective and not an earthly one. Ephesians 2:6 tells us our position, “And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).” Thirdly, He wants us to have a revelation of our purpose. 1 John 3:7 tells us the purpose why Christ came, “… The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” Nothing destroys His work like the manifest love of God. Love is the most powerful weapon on earth and in heaven. It is the primary force and power that Almighty God works out of and He wants to demonstrate the full measure of His love through His people. That is His purpose, to reconcile His creation back to Himself in love. When you exemplify the love of God, you are the expression of His purpose. We are to be the administrators and ambassadors of His love and as we host the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives the power of His love is revealed in us and through us to His glory.
The prayer goes on to tell us that when we pray and have these spiritual insights and wisdom revealed to us then we will more fully know and apprehend our identity, position and purpose. When you get a hold of these concepts then you can just begin to come into the greater revelation of, “what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength, 20Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places], 21Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come.” The one revelation you have to get out of this is that you are never going to come in to all the awesome things He has for you by just playing church. We have to become radically in love with Him, off-the-chart intimately involved with Him, because when we do the truth of which this is speaking begins to come to light and you will know this awesome power of which He speaks until you are fully baptized and immersed in love and relationship with the Father. It is in the intimate place that He reveals His secrets and mysteries to those who love and pursue Him. There is power and authority in Christ like we have never imagined. That same power that raised Christ Jesus from the dead and set Him back in the place of authority in heavenly places is the same power that is raising you up to an awesome man or woman of God.
In conclusion, “And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout the church] 23Which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself]. His church, in affect, YOU, if you are of His body, He wants to exercise the fullness of Himself through you. Because you are “in HIM” the power of the fullness of Himself is in you. Can you wrap your mind around that? It is because we are apprehending a place in which we have no identity except that of Christ. ‘As the Father is in Him and He is in the Father, so is He in us and we are in Him (John 17).’ He is become our head and our mind; we live, move and have our being in Him.
Let everything else fall to the side of this revelation that He has called you to. You are, “heirs of God, joint-heirs with Christ. because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. “15For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Romans 8:14-17)” Pray upon yourself and others this prayer of His power and glory revealed in His Church!

blessings,
#kent

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