Spirit Anointed Prayer

December 8, 2022

Spirit Anointed Prayer

Ephesians 1:15-23

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

               Paul goes on Ephesians 1 to tell us that the hope and destiny that is ours in Christ; it is so important that we grasp it, that he prays a Spirit anointed prayer that we fully comprehend and embrace what God wants to do in and through us in Christ.  It is a prayer that we also might embrace and pray to the end that we, and those we pray it for, might gain wisdom and enlightenment concerning spiritual matters.  Through this prayer we get a glimpse of the importance it is to the body of Christ that we understand and comprehend our spiritual destiny.  We will never be able to lay hold of the power, authority and understanding that is ours in Christ if our faith is just a religion and a ritual. 

               What is it that the prayer asks for?  “Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.”  1 Corinthians 2:6-10 tells us, “We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”— 10but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.” As we grow up into maturity in Christ then our purpose is to obtain spiritual wisdom through the Holy Spirit to KNOW what God has prepared for those who love Him.  The natural mind can’t know and comprehend it, but the mind of the Spirit can.  We must lay hold of that mind.

               Paul prays also, “that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.”  We need a vision and a purpose of our calling.  Have you ever worked on a project where you just did a task, but you had no concept of the big picture and what your part was in accomplishing it?  If you had no ownership in it then it had little meaning or significance to you personally.  On the other hand, if you see and understand the big picture and realize that your part is significant and important to the accomplishment of the project then you are far more committed to it. You are committed especially when you know that you are not just a worker, but also a partaker in its consummation and fulfillment. 

               What is daunting to us as human beings is that what God has called us too seems so far beyond our strength or ability to accomplish and fully lay hold of. That brings us to the third and most important part of the prayer, “19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”

               The accomplishment is in His power and might, not ours.  It is no small power, but it is the same power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in heavenly places far above all rule and authority, power and dominion.  That power is raising up you and I in Him also.  Ephesians 2:6-7 goes on to later tell us, “6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” Christ is the head of the body and we are His body and feet.  He has put all things, not only under the head, but also under His feet.  That means that you and I must realize the authority and dominion over all things in Christ.  Hebrews 10:11-14 says, “Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12But when this priest (Christ) had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. 13Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, 14because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”  What the head of the body has accomplished He waits for the rest of the body to fulfill.  That is our destiny and that is our calling.  Thus, we take up and pray this prayer with the apostle Paul that we also might comprehend and lay hold of that for which Christ has called us too and the Spirit has empowered us to obtain.

Blessings,

#kent

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