Pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you.

To him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.

Twice in his letter to the Ephesians (Eph 1:15-18 & 3:14-21), Paul turns from reflecting on the wonder and awe of the very full salvation that we have in Christ, to prayers and petitions for the Ephesian Christians. So what does Paul pray for?

In Ephesians 1 Paul prays for the believers to be given a Spirit of wisdom and revelation in order that they might know God better. In short he is asking God to give the Ephesian believers a revelation of God himself. But this is not all he asks for, he also asks that the hope of eternity might flood the believers hearts now in order that they might be able to endure all kinds of hardship with joy and hope, because of what is laid up for them in Christ Jesus.

In chapter 3 on the other hand Paul turns in his prayer to a request that the Ephesians believers might be given resurrection type power to comprehend the inexhaustible love of God expressed in Christ. He also asks that Christ might dwell in the hearts of the Ephesians through faith.

What strikes you about these prayers that Paul prays? To me I am struck by the grand nature of them. For Paul you see- "to live is Christ," is his life motto and his prayers take on that priority accordingly. Our prayers are often very small in comparison (health, employment and escaping trails) (well mine are anyway), but this insight into Paul’s petitions is a good encouragement about what really matters, big salvation matters. To be sure we can pray about anything and everything big or small but let's like Paul move beyond the small things to praying big bold, Christ centred prayers over our church, our family and our world.

Grace and peace from Marcus