As faculty at a Bible college, we want our students to go beyond just studying the Bible. We want them not just to know about God but also to grow in their relationship with Him. We want them not just to believe in God but to actively follow and live for Him. The same goes for you and me too. Don’t just be informed about Him, be transformed by Him.
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians has at least two prayers in it. In this first chapter of his letter, Paul acknowledges the Ephesians’ faith in Christ Jesus, their love for one another, and thanks the Lord for what He has been doing in their lives (vv. 15–16). This is no small accomplishment, especially when so many others struggle with loving the Lord and loving others. So, Paul’s prayer for them is that through the power of the Spirit, they know God better (v. 17).
In verses 18 and 19, Paul reminds us that total transformation comes when we take part in the riches of the glorious inheritance of the saints in heaven. This world as we know it is not our final resting place. Through Christ, we have been given great hope and great power. Paul explains that the same incredible power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead and seated Him on His heavenly throne lives on in believers (vv. 19–23). The resurrection power of Jesus was not just a one-time display of God’s greatness and glory, it is showcased every time a believer allows the Spirit to transform an area of his or her life.
That is awe-inspiring power, available to you and to me! Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians is magnificent because it applies to us as well. Don’t just pray to pray. Instead, pray to know God and allow His power to transform your life!
>> What areas of your life can you ask God to transform? How can you get to know Him better and walk more closely with Him?
We long to know you intimately and increasingly, Lord God. Our lives are open to you. Invade every aspect of our identities; Flood our minds and devote our hearts to you.