Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:15-23, NKJV)
A2 Outline: Paul's Prayer
C1 Heard of their faith in the Lord Jesus
C2 Their love for all the people of God
C1 Unceasing thanks
C3 Unceasing prayer
D1 That God the Father
E1 God of our Lord Jesus
E2 Father of glory
E1 Give to them
F1 The spirit of wisdom
G1 Wisdom is thinking God’s way which results in acting God’s way.
G2 Ask: James 1:5 CSB - Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him.
G3 Fools hate wisdom. They like their own better: Proverbs 1:7 NRSV The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
G4 Wisdom is important in many ways: Proverbs 19:8 NKJV - He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.
G5 If you want to know how great His wisdom is, look at the stunning designs in creation.
F2 The spirit of revelation. Some things He reveals to us
G2 Our condition
G3 Convicts us of sin
G4 Encourages us
G5 Helps us to understand the Bible
G6 His great love for us
G7 Answers to prayer
G8 Wisdom for handling a situation we face
F3 Knowledge of Him
G1 The longer you know someone, the better you know them.
G2 Knowing God is reading, studying the Bible, praying, fellowship with other believers, and time.
E2 Cause understanding be enlightened
E3 May know the hope of His calling
E4 What are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints
E5 What is the exceeding greatness of His power towards us who believe
F1 His power
G2 Showed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ
G3 Showed by sitting Jesus Christ at His right hand in the heavenly places (heaven)
H1 Far above all
I5 Every day that is named
J1 In this age
J2 And in the age to come
H2 All things under His feet (Jesus is Lord of all)
H3 Head over all things to the Church (congregation)
I1 Which is His body
I2 The fullness of Him who fills all in all
F2 (...towards us who believe)
C1 Remember to pray
C2 Remember to be thankful
C3 Remember to increase in knowledge—Bible knowledge
C4 Rest in unfathomable strength and grace