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Wisdom and Revelation

apostolic prayers

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

The verse above is the beginning part of Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians. However, this passage also reveals  an insightful way for believers to commune with God. Instead of only asking God to meet the Ephesians physical needs (which is not wrong at all), Paul keeps asking God to give them what they need to know the Lord better. 

This prayer reveals two specific things which help believers know God better – wisdom and revelation. Scripture is clear, Christ Jesus, “has become for us wisdom from God…” (1 Corinthians 1:30) The wisdom that helps believers know God better does not come from the world, but is found in Christ. 

Concerning revelation, we do not think Paul is asking God to give some “new revelation” of Christ, because the revelation of Christ is already here. We simply see Paul asking God to use the Spirit to reveal and unveil deeper measures of who God truly is. 

Certainly all sorts of prayers and petitions are accepted by God. However, today, we want to encourage you to deepen your prayer life by not only asking God to meet the physical needs of you and others, but also to practice crying out for him to continually unveil your spiritual eyes, and give you true wisdom, which is found in Christ, so that you can know him more. For Christ himself said, “this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)