Our Spiritual Muscles
Exercising Knowledge Muscles – Part VII
Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 3:1-18
Key Verse: 2 Peter 3:18
Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.
The Apostle Paul said he prayed constantly “asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.” (Ephesians 1:17 NLT)
Why was growing the knowledge of God in these early Christ-followers so important to Paul? Why did he constantly pray this prayer for them?
Think about it in human terms. How does one fully trust another human being? Even if a person is worthy of trust, trust for them can only grow stronger by getting to know them more and more.
You might think at some point that you should have trusted someone from the beginning, but that does not happen until you know someone more and more.
The same is true of God. Yes, God is worthy of your trust, but your trust can only grow stronger as your knowledge of Him increases. As you read of God’s promises and experience how faithful He is to fulfill those promises in your life, your trust levels grow stronger.
Take note of the phrase “so that” in Ephesians 1:17 NLT. “Something” must happen “so that” we might grow in our knowledge of God. That “something” is in the first part of the scripture: “spiritual wisdom and insight”. That is what the Apostle Paul asked God to give the Ephesians so that their knowledge of God could grow.
Spiritual wisdom enables a believer to see things that a non-believer cannot see; that is, God in action. A believer that has spiritual wisdom and insight sees God moving in their lives or the lives of people around them. They say things like “Oh, that was a God thing”, when a non-believer would simply write it off as a coincidence. A non-believer misses so many miracles of God that are happening around them, simply because they do not have “eyes to see and ears to hear.” (Matthew 13:15-16)
I have been praying Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:16-19a for several years now:
I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 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. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
Join me in asking God to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you can grow in your knowledge of God. This is also a great prayer to pray for your family and friends so that they also could grow in their knowledge of God and thus in their trust in Him.
This is God’s Word to us; we can rest in the fact that He wants to answer this prayer for us!
I ask You, the God of my Lord Jesus Christ, and my glorious Father, to give me and my loved ones a Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that we may know You better. I pray that You enlighten the eyes of our hearts so that we may know the hope to which You have called us, the riches of Your glorious inheritance, and Your incomparably great power for us who believe. In Jesus’s Name, amen.