Deeper Roots – Ephesians 1:11-23



February 1, 2023

A humbled and open heart is fertile soil for God’s seeds of wisdom to be planted. Deeper Roots is focused on analyzing God’s word to discover truths, values, and lessons for application to our lives. Periodically, a scripture or passage calls for further exploration, like the book of Ephesians.

This month, we are exploring the entire book of Ephesians in our Walk as Children of Light – Online Bible Study. It is not too late to join us – Walk as Children of Light.

Here’s an excerpt from Day 6.

Day 6 – Chapter 1:11-23

15 This is why, since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the mighty working of his strength.

Ephesians 1:15‭-‬19 CSB

Paul prays for God to give the people of Ephesus the spirit of wisdom and revelation. This is so that they can get to know God on an even deeper level. Paul also asks for enlightenment to recognize what lies ahead. So often we pray for the fruit of an issue like ‘God bless my finances with lots of money’ or ‘God take this suffering away’ when we need to be praying for the root of the issue like God increase my self-discipline or hope. Here Paul is praying for the root. If the people know God and His wisdom, then they will change. So often we want to change behavior through pressure, counseling, or by reasoning. The change, however, doesn’t come until a person has a revelation or until their eyes are opened.

  • Read verses 11-23.
    • Examine your prayers. Are you praying for the root or the fruit of your problems? As God for enlightenment to see the fruit and the roots in your life.

Be sure to join us as we continue our journey through Ephesians! – Walk as Children of Light.

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