“Lay Hold Of God’s Power” (Ephesians 1: 18, ESV) by Carley Evans

Paul prays in thanksgiving for his Ephesian brothers and sisters in Christ. He has heard of their faith in Jesus and of their love for one another. He wants each to know that he prays constantly that “the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints.” (Ephesians 1: 17 – 18)Paul wants us to know, to experience the hope, the richness of our calling, of our inheritance. He wants us enlightened, wise, and knowledgeable of Christ. He prays we will know that God reveals Himself fully to us. Paul prays we will know we are a family, that our inheritance is “in the saints.”

Paul prays we will know “the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe.” (Ephesians 1: 19)

Paul knows that if we lay hold of God’s power, if we believe God is on our side, if we trust our knowledge of Him and the revelation and wisdom He gives us; then we will be able to stand until that day. We will stand in His presence and we will glory in His goodness, mercy, love toward us. We will praise and thank Him, knowing God “made us alive together with Christ — by grace [we] have been saved — and raised us up with Him and seated us in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2: 5 – 6)

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