I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. - Ephesians 1:17
As I read this verse today I felt convicted to examine the motives and purpose of my prayers for the people I love, lead, and serve.
When I want to see change in someone, I will often pray for them to change their attitude, their behavior, or change who they associate with that is influencing them in all areas of their life.
The apostle Paul graciously points us in another direction and shows us that when we pray for others we should pray for them to know God more fully and personally - in the hopes that they would be filled with God's wisdom and revelation.
If I focus more on pointing people to a deeper understanding of God - If I pray for God to give them the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that their relationship with him deepens, then God will take care of the rest.
More often then not, the change I seek in people is something that can only be accomplished at a heart level. It is impossible for me to understand fully another person's heart, motives, or reason for why they do what they do, but it is not impossible for God.
Instead of focusing on the outcome I desire to see, I am convicted today to focus simply on praying for God to reveal Himself and impart His wisdom on the people I love, lead, and serve. I can trust in Him and his ability to change the heart and mind of the person in just the right way.
Father, pour our your wisdom and revelation on me and those I love, lead, and serve. Help me to point people to you rather than to my expectations. Holy Spirit, help us all to know you better, to understand the love of the Father, and the example of Christ. Amen.
- Is there someone you love, lead, or serve that you want to see change in?
- How can you change the way you approach this person to be more in line with Paul's teaching in Ephesians?
Make it a great day!