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So That You May Know Him Better

So That You May Know Him Better
By Krissy Hanna

“For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.  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. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”Ephesians 1:15-23

I love Paul’s earnest prayers. 

He’s thankful. He is perpetually grateful for God’s people. He’s not just thankful- he’s thankful over and over. He never stops thanking the Lord for them, their faith, and their love. 

He remembers to pray for his people. Oh Lord, remind us to pray for others even when they haven’t even asked us to.

He prays for God’s people to know Him better.One of Paul’s deepest desire for others is that they will know God. He longs for this church to have discernment and greater intelligence regarding sacred things. He prays that they will have the Spirit of wisdom and revelation to know Jesus better. Has there ever been a greater prayer for God’s people? 

He asks that they may be enlightened. He longs for them to have meaningful spiritual insight so that they may know the hope to which they have been called. Eugene Peterson says this in the Message: 

“So that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him.”

He gives the Lord praise.I wish I could have heard this letter when it was read for the first time. I imagine that the intensity of the spoken word escalated when the reader got to this section about who God is. These verses remind all of us of the impressive power of God. His Enormous Strength. 
He is above all power.
He is above all dominion. 
He is above all authority.
He is above every ruler. 
He is above every title. 
He is above every name.
He is Lord of everything. 
Now and Forever.
ALL THINGS have been placed under the feet of Jesus.

He loves the church.Paul has an intense desire for the church to know that we are Christ’s body, the FULLNESS of Him who fills everything in every way. Oh to realize that the Lord will fill His church in every way. Every. Single. Way. 

Because we represent the body of His Son.  
Could it be that we as a Church exist as Christ on earth?

Lord, make us worthy.