Praying for Believers
In Ephesians 1:17-18 Paul continues his prayer for believers by asking God to give them knowledge of the “riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.”
One of the priorities in our prayers for other believers is that they would know the hope to which they have been called. Hope is a confident expectation, not mere wishful thinking (Titus 1:2 and Titus 2:13). We have hope of grace, hope of eternal life, and hope of all the other promises of God. This hope enables us to live in this present world for Christ’s sake and in Christ’s power.
Our greatest need and privilege is to know God (Jeremiah 9:23-24). Paul prays for the believers, asking the Father of glory to give them the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God. This knowledge is more than knowing facts or even understanding deep doctrinal truths. It is a relationship with the true, living God, growing in close fellowship with Him as the Holy Spirit gives us insight through the Scriptures.
Paul’s prayer for the believers at Ephesus serves as a pattern for us. Paul prays that God’s glory will be advanced, and he also prays for the spiritual well-being of believers, including himself. Let us pray earnestly, humbly, fervently, and frequently. Pray that we will know God better and be empowered to follow Him in righteousness.