Ephesians 1:17
I 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.
Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians is quite surprising, given that he had earlier celebrated the fact that they are “blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly realms” and are sealed with the Holy Spirit! Yet he now prays that God would grant them the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God.
If first century believers, who were genuinely born again, filled with the Spirit and vibrant for God still needed to receive the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, what makes you and I think we have arrived? Being a genuine Christian does not automatically help you to know God well. Most believers today struggle needlessly because they don’t know our Heavenly Father well enough.
Even the veteran Apostle Paul continued to express his desire to know the Lord better, even after preaching the Gospel far and wide, winning many souls, performing miracles and receiving numerous visions (Phil 3:10)! Look, if we often misunderstand one another within our families, what makes us think our understanding of the Father is good all by itself?
It takes revelation to truly know God. And when we improve our knowledge of God, through the Spirit’s enlightenment, our lives will change dramatically. Our work, worship and wellness will be radically different. (We shall elaborate more on this in a separate devotional). Let us receive the Spirit of wisdom and revelation!
Pastor Josh