What should we pray?

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power towards us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 

Ephesians 1.15-21

Paul prayed for the Ephesians that God would give them a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of God.

Wisdom

Elsewhere in 1 Corinthians 1.18-31 he has much to say about wisdom which often runs counter to the way we often think.

God has made foolish the wisdom of the world.

The foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom.

God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise.

God has made Christ Jesus our wisdom and our righteousness  and sanctification and redemption (if we are believers).

We have nothing to boast of unless we boast in the Lord who is our all.

This is clearly not to decry the blessings and achievements of human wisdom, but we need to acknowledge that even these come from God as he equips and enables. However the wisdom of this world has proved to be totally inadequate to solve the problems of relationships both horizontally (with our fellow men) and vertically (with God) for these can only be resolved in the knowledge of God.

How vitally important then that we pray for our fellow believers and indeed for all people that God would give them a

spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of God

Does this big ask feature in out prayer life?


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