Ephesians 1:3-19. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places… 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, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,
Paul prays that we will know three things: 1) the hope to which he has called us, 2) the riches of the glory of being God’s inheritance. and now 3) the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe.
These are blessings that we already have in Christ. They are our spiritual blessings in the heavenly places. Paul is not praying for hope, or for an inheritance, or for power. He’s not praying for blessing. He is praying for knowledge. Experiential knowledge. Not just an intellectual ability to list facts about our life in Christ, but an actual appropriation of each blessing to the point where they begin to actually change how we think, and relate, and choose, and feel. He’s praying that we know God. Personally and deeply.
Jupiter’s prayer for knowledge (first minute). Great movie, great scene.
Why is it so important to pray for knowledge?
Because all sin is rooted in either ignorance or forgetfulness. If sin is a lack of faith, then what would be the cure? Knowledge. Something to believe in. A truth to place our trust in. And so we ask not for more blessing (we have all of Christ’s blessings we will ever get) but for an ever growing knowledge or experience of those blessings through the truths of the gospel so that our ignorance and forgetfulness will, over time, fade away in specific corners of our thinking.
What do you pray for? Are you asking God for the blessings that you already have? If so, then you aren’t actually experiencing those blessings because you doubt that you actually have them. Instead trust that you have them simply because you have Jesus. Trust the gospel. Trust the Truth. Seek opportunities to be exposed to the truth of the gospel more and more. And then pray to experience the blessings of the gospel and your union with Christ in your heart and mind. Pray for more and more exposure to the gospel through the Word of God, the Spirit of God, and the Body of Christ.
Now your praying biblically. Now you’re ready “to live is Christ.”
Sometimes the prayer for knowledge is a prayer of desperation.