Saturday, May 26, 2007

Bits and Pieces: Instruction

"For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you, and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him," (Ephesians 1:15--17).

* In this pastoral prayer, the apostle Paul intercedes for the Ephesian believers, asking the Lord to give them a greater knowledge of Himself. The instruction we need the most is not knowledge about the Lord, but knowledge of Him. May our heart's cry each and every day be for a greater understanding of who He is.

* As he so often did, the apostle Paul goes to the heart of the matter in this prayer for the believers in Ephesus. He prays that they may be filled with the wisdom and knowledge of God. How needed it is, that we match our knowledge about our Lord with knowledge of Him.

* Even though the apostle Paul knew a great deal about the Lord, it is evident from this prayer that he valued knowledge of the Lord far more. Questions: do we have our priorities straight, as did Paul? Which do we value more, learning truths about Him, or learning Him who is Truth?

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