For this cause I also, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which is among you, and the love which ye show toward all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him; having the eyes of your heart enlightened, that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to that working of the strength of his might which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: and he put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. (Eph. 1.15-23)
I've been in Ville Platte for 7 weeks today, which means for 6 weeks I've been praying that prayer daily. Paul is praying that the Father would give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation. I see that the spirit of wisdom and revelation will 1) cause me to grow in knowledge of Him 2) cause me to know what is the hope of His calling- the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints 3) cause me to know the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe
In Genesis 3 we see the fall of man. After they both partook of the fruit it says in verse 7, "Then the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked..." When the fall of man took place their eyes were opened to the realm of the flesh, of the world, of the enemy. Prior to this time all man knew was the realm of the Godhead. They had knowledge of Him, intimacy with Him, the hope of His calling they didn't need because they were IN the calling and inheritance. They knew the exceeding greatness of His power as they walked, lived, and fellowshipped with God in the garden daily.
Paul is asking for the eyes of our hearts to be enlightened. As I have prayed and prayed this prayer I am growing in understanding of what Paul was asking for, for the church. Originally I thought I was just praying that I'd understand the Word more, but now I realize, no, Paul was asking for so much more than that. He's praying that we'd have the eyes of the Spirit, that our seeing, knowing, believing, would be restored to that of man in the garden before the fall. That our eyes would no longer be open to the realm of the flesh and the world, but enlightened, opened, to the realm of the Spirit. That place where we have fellowship and intimacy with God, where there is knowledge of Him, where we understand the hope of His calling, where we know the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe. In this place we are in unity with the Godhead bodily.
Oh I cry out all the more, God give me, God give my youth group, God give this church body, God give this region, this nation, God give Your church as a whole, God give my friends and family, Lord give us all a spirit of wisdom and revelation in knowledge of You, having the eyes of our hearts enlightened, that we may know what is the hope of Your calling, what is the riches and glory of your inheritance in the saints, and Your exceeding great power toward us who believe. Restore us to see what You see, to feel what You feel, to be one as Your body, with Christ the head leading and guiding us.
Be Blessed, J. Tate