"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
- Ephesians 1: 17
As I read this letter this morning, I couldn't help but think of the things I keep asking God for... for myself and for others... things that have been on my prayer list for days, months, years... things like healing- physical, emotional, mental; reconciliation of relationships- marriages, children to their parents; release from living out of fear or the opinions of others; for adoptive children to be reunited with their families and their wait to be over; for those I love to fall in love with Christ.
It's not that any of those requests are bad or wrong. They truly reflect the desire of my heart and my God's I believe. But... I rarely (if ever) ask for a spirit of wisdom and revelation so that I and others may know Him better. It may take healing, reconciliation, freedom, and unification for us to know him better. But it also may take crippling, broken relationships, recognition of our daily sin, and waiting for us to know Him better.
In verse 18-19, Paul also prays for those He loves by asking 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 his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
HIS HOPE, INHERITANCE, GREAT POWER
Those are the things I want to keep asking and begging for myself and others, independent of circumstance.