In Ephesians chapter one we find Paul praying for the believers at Ephesus. He desires to see them live in a manner worthy of their calling (Eph. 4:1). To this end he spends the first three chapters of Ephesians telling them the glorious truths of God’s saving grace and His plan for the church, among other things. These great truths are the background music that plays while Paul then instructs them, in the last three chapters, about how to live the Christian life; specifically, Paul tells husbands and wives how to live together in love, parents and children how to relate to one another, and slaves and masters how to treat one another (and by implication employees and employers).
In 1:17 Paul prays that the Father of glory will give the Ephesians a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. This should be the prayer of all parents as well.
Lately, I have been learning to pray in light of Scripture and it has been a huge blessing to me.
After studying this passage, I put my sons to bed and said a prayer like usual, but my prayer was different. It is easy to get into prayer ruts. Praying Scripture can help us to stay out of such ruts. Tonight I prayed that God would give my boys, by His Holy Spirit, a revelation of Him that is deep and intimate. It is such knowledge that will motivate them toward loving God with all their hearts. Such knowledge will also motivate them to live the life Paul wants children to live (chapter six), a life of obedience and honor toward parents.
To demand obedience and honor without proclaiming truth from God’s Word, and praying for the Spirit to give wisdom and revelation, is to demand the flesh to act without the heart as its guide.
My prayer for my children:
Lord, my children need you. First of all, they need your grace and mercy in saving them and converting their hearts of stone into hearts of flesh. Then, they need to have the eyes of their hearts opened to know you in ever-enlightening ways. I pray now Lord that you will grant this opening of heart eyes to each of my children. Let them see, by the working of your Spirit, the knowledge of you.