15 Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, 16 I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, 17 asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. 18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. 19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. 21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. 22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. 23 And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.
Paul prayed for ME that I would: 1. Have spiritual wisdom. 2. Have spiritual insight. 3. Have an increasing knowledge of God. 4. Be flooded with light. 5. Understand the confident hope I have in Christ. I am to understand the greatness of God’s power in me as I believe. Why then do I so often feel powerless? i say I believe it, but maybe I really don’t. Maybe I don’t really understand how great God’s power, which is available to ME really is. Maybe t it’s not that I have to believe that I have the power, but to realize that God’s power is simply at work in all those who believe. Then I can begin to recognize that I, too have God’s power within me.
Help me, God, to better understand this. I don’t want to be like those whom Isaiah described when he wrote, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote” (Isaiah 29:13). Help me, God, to be willing to go deeper with you.