8 which he poured over us with wisdom and understanding. 9 God revealed his hidden design to us, which is according to his goodwill and the plan that he intended to accomplish through his Son. 10 This is what God planned for the climax of all times: to bring all things together in Christ, the things in heaven along with the things on earth. Ephesians 1:8-10 CEB
16 I don’t stop giving thanks to God for you when I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, will give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation that makes God known to you. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart will have enough light to see what is the hope of God’s call, what is the richness of God’s glorious inheritance among believers, 19 and what is the overwhelming greatness of God’s power that is working among us believers. This power is conferred by the energy of God’s powerful strength. Ephesians 1:16-19 CEB
In the first reading for today, Paul brings praise to God for the blessing He has provided, the salvation of Man through His Son’s resurrection. And Paul states this was “according to His goodwill and the plan He intended to accomplish” – this indeed was of God’s choosing !
In the second reading ( v.16-19), Paul prays that believers will receive wisdom and revelation from God, i.e., what He is all about. God desires that we know the essentials concerning our salvation – the hope in God’s call to us, the riches of His grace ( good will) towards us, and the greatness of His power in our lives. The LORD desires not only that we know what they are, but can also gain a deeper insight and understanding of their meaning for us, and for others who accept Jesus as the Savior !!
Let us pray please – Heavenly Father , Loving God – we thank you for all You have done for us – indeed, Your love for us is unsurpassed – You brought Your only son into the world so that we may be saved from certain death. Help us LORD to know You in a deeper way, help us to understand You in a clearer way. As we move forward in our lives, we pray that we can bring more people to this understanding and knowledge of the Good News of salvation through Jesus, our Savior, in whose name we pray. Amen.
Yours in Christ , Rollie