“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. I pray 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.” Eph. 1:17-19a (NIV)
In this amazing prayer for the believers at Ephesus, the Apostle Paul describes additional fruit of wisdom. Paul specifically asks the Father to give these believers the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. They have already received the Holy Spirit. But they need the wisdom and revelation that comes through the Holy Spirit.
The purpose for receiving this wisdom and revelation is to know God better.
This is not knowledge about God.
This is knowledge of God.
Knowledge of God is knowledge that grows out of our relationship with Him.
It is experiential…not factual.
Our opportunity to grow in wisdom and the knowledge of God occurs as we encounter both the good and bad things in this life. God’s Spirit-given wisdom helps us remember that all good things come from God and are not the result of our own efforts. This leads us away from pride and cultivates humility.
God’s wisdom also helps us through the difficult times.
His Spirit communicates to us that He is with us during those times…aware of our pain and ready to be our refuge.
It is in the painful events of our life that we are most able to fully experience His love for us…and grow in experiential knowledge of Him.
We receive the greatest level of revelation when we take time to reflect on those experiences and ask the Lord to provide His wisdom and revelation to us.
A specific area of revelation is what lies ahead for us as believers.
Paul calls this “…the riches of our glorious inheritance..”.
We have an inheritance awaiting us that we can’t begin to imagine that Paul terms as glorious.
In other words, we are destined for a far greater world…His world.
Prayer: Lord, provide me Your wisdom and revelation so that I may know You better.