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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My Prayer For ALL CHRISTIANS !!!!

This Prayer that Paul for these struggling new Christians of Ephesus is such an appropriate for us Today. It specific and focused prayer with a ultimate objective to my “Prayer Line Family I extend this PRAYER To YOU !!! Receive it in JESUS NAME , AMEN !!!!!!  ( Ephesians Chapter 1 verses 15-19 New Living Translation)

Paul's Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom

15 Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for Christians everywhere, 16 I have never stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, 17 asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. 18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the wonderful future he has promised to those he called. I want you to realize what a rich and glorious inheritance he has given to his people. [fn3]
19 I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of his power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God's right hand in the heavenly realms. 

The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians

Commentary by A. R. FAUSSET

 17. A fit prayer for all Christians. 
      the God of our Lord Jesus--appropriate title here; as inEph 1:20-22 he treats of God's raising Jesus to be Head over all things to the Church. Jesus Himself called the Father "My God" ( Mat 27:46 ). 
      the Father of glory--(Compare Act 7:2 ). The Father of that infinite glory which shines in the face of Christ, who is "the glory" (the true Shekinah); through whom also "the glory of the inheritance" (Eph 1:18 ) shall be ours ( Jhn 17:24 2Cr 3:7 - 4:6 ). 
      the spirit of wisdom--whose attribute is infinite wisdom and who works wisdom in believers ( Isa 11:2 ). 
      and revelation--whose function it is to reveal to believers spiritual mysteries ( Jhn 16:14, 15 1Cr 2:10 ). 
      in the knowledge--rather, as Greek (see on JF & B for 1Co 13:12), "in the full knowledge of Him," namely, God.

      18. understanding--The oldest manuscripts, versions, and Fathers, read "heart." Compare the contrary state of unbelieving, theheart being in fault ( Eph 4:18 Mat 13:15 ). Translate, "Having the eyes of your heart enlightened" ( Eph 5:14 Mat 4:16 ). The first effect of the Spirit moving in the new creation, as in the original physical creation ( Gen 1:3 2Cr 4:6 ). So THEOPHILUS to AUTOLYCUS (1.3), "the ears of the heart." Where spiritual light is, there is life (Jhn 1:4 ). The heart is "the core of life" [HARLESS], and the fountain of the thoughts; whence "the heart" in Scripture includes the mind, as well as the inclination. Its "eye," or inward vision, both receives and contemplates the light ( Mat 6:22, 23 ). The eye is the symbol of intelligence ( Eze 1:18 ). 
      the hope of his calling--the hope appertaining to His having called you; or, to the calling wherewith He has called you. 
      and--omitted in the oldest manuscripts and versions. 
      riches of the glory-- ( Col 1:27 ). 
      his inheritance in the saints--The inheritance which he has in store in the case of the saints. I prefer explaining, "The inheritance which He has in his saints." (See on JF & B for Eph 1:11; Deu 32:9 ).

      19. exceeding--"surpassing." 
      power to us-ward who believe--The whole of the working of His grace, which He is carrying on, and will carry on, in us who believe. By the term "saints" ( Eph 1:18 ), believers are regarded as absolutely perfected, and so as being God's inheritance; in this verse, as in the course of fighting the good fight of faith. 
      according to--in accordance wit,h, what might be expected from. 
      working--Greek, "the energizing"; translate, "the effectual working" ( Eph 3:7 ). The same superhuman power was needed and exerted to make us believe, as was needed and exerted to raise Christ from the dead ( Eph 1:20 ). Compare Phl 3:10 , "the power of His resurrection" ( Col 2:12 1Pe 1:3-5 ). 
      of his mighty power--Greek, "of the strength of His might."

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