Grace, love and peace to each and everyone in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Last week we learnt from Ephesians 1:17
* To whom should our prayer be addressed to
Our Prayer should be addressed to Father in the name of Jesus.
We have boldness to enter the sanctuary through Jesus Christ
We have confidence through Christ Jesus
We also learnt that Whatever we ask to the Father in the name of Jesus we will receive it.
* We should also pray that we should receive
The Spirit of Wisdom
The Spirit of Revelation and
The Knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ
We also learnt that secret things belongs to God and whatever has been revealed it is for us and our children (Deuteronomy 29:29)
I pray that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints,
This verse highlights on 3 Important things
1. Perception or the insights of our mind to be enlightened
2. So we may know Hope of His calling
3. and to Know the glorious riches of God’s inheritance among the saints
This is not referring to new insights or predictions of future events. These believers already knew the facts of salvation and the believer’s future hope with God. However, Paul wants them to better understand the importance of these blessings.
The Mind plays an important role in a Christian life.
Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
Our mind should be transformed or renewed or changed if not we will not be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
If our minds are not transformed we will be conformed to this age.
Our prayer should be that our minds will be transformed.
Prayer includes getting enlightened.
Our minds need to be enlightened
Perception of our mind should be enlightened.
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
3 But if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case, the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we are not proclaiming ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves because of Jesus. 6 For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ.
2. So we may Know Hope of His calling
Only when our minds are enlightened we will know.
Knowing is very important.
Many people are ignorant because they do not know the real blessings
Many people are ignorant because they do not know the reality
Many people are ignorant because they do not know the spiritual realm
Many people are ignorant because they do not know the God’s providence
Many people are ignorant because they do not know God’s work
When our minds are enlightened we will know
What will we know?
To know God’s calling or to know the Hope in God our minds need to be enlightened.
Can you see how deep this prayer takes us?
We should pray this prayer because many struggle to find their calling.
We should start praying that our minds might be enlightened so that we can know the Hope of God’s calling.
Can we see that when our mind is renewed we will know
When our mind is enlightened we will know
We will know the Hope of His calling
We will know the glorious riches of God’s inheritance
We will know where we have the inheritance – it is among the saints
The problem with the believers is they really do not know where they belong.
11 We have a great deal to say about this, and it’s difficult to explain, since you have become too lazy to understand. 12 Although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the basic principles of God’s revelation again. You need milk, not solid food. 13 Now everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced with the message about righteousness, because he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature—for those whose senses have been trained to distinguish between good and evil.
Naveen John (NJ)