That You May Know

Geoffrey Cox

READ : Ephesians 1:15-18

I remember you in my prayers. (v. 16)

Paul’s praise of God becomes Paul’s prayer for the church, introduced by Paul’s thanks for the Ephesians’ faith and love (v. 15). Paul usually started his letters by thanking God for something about his readers, just as Jesus praised what he could in his seven letters to the churches of Revelation (Revelation 2-3). Using Bible prayers as our models frees us from being inward-looking. Here Paul is clear to whom he is speaking, the same God to whom Jesus prayed. He wants to ask for the Ephesians what he asks for himself, to know Christ better (cf. Philippians 3:18-21).

Some parents keep a record of their children’s growth—a line and a date on the bathroom or closet door. We need a spiritual check-up from time to time, to see how we are growing in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The results might motivate us to work to develop that friendship.

Paul opens his prayer with the request that God would give his readers the wisdom to know three things. First, the hope of what is ahead. Second, the wonderful inheritance laid up for those who belong to God. And third, to know “the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe” (v. 18).

If you know these things, thank God for them!

PRAYER

“Lord, help me to keep on growing in your knowledge.”