Prayer: O God, thank you for the gifts you have given us. Help us through your Word to use them to enhance your kingdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Power for Christians
18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power.
(note: I included all the omitted portions of today’s headline text because I felt too much was left out.)
Where do you get your power? Do you get it from a good night’s sleep? An inspirational speech or sermon? Do you get it from prayer of others? Questions asked by our devotion writer. He goes on to say that Paul promises to pray for his churches in a sustained, focused effort.
Our devotion writer explains; “Paul prays for the believers’ hearts to be enlightened so they might know the great power of God. For Paul, that power is most clearly seen when God raises Jesus from the dead. Paul longs for Christians to experience this power in their daily lives.”
So where is this power? Where do we see it in our daily lives? We don’t all have big daily emotional experiences that illustrate God’s power like a thunderstorm or a hurricane. It is a little more discreet, I think. The resurrection of Christ was not an event that was observed by anyone. Only the aftermath with the empty tomb. Christ did not reappear to the five thousand, but only to His closest disciples. We know it happened, like we know that God’s power is all around us, it just doesn’t show. Our devotion writer says; “This power might remain hidden from the world, much like when God raised Jesus, but that doesn’t mean it’s now real. On the contrary, it has profound and lasting effect upon our lives.”
Prayer: “God of the resurrection, share your power with us and help us to be faithful. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
15 I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20 God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22 And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.