Paul is writing to believers in Ephesus and prays for them to have the eyes of their hearts enlightened. Because this is written to believers, we know that this enlightening is not the same as conversion. There is an awakening to the realities of God that come by the Spirit that Paul longs for the Ephesians to know.
This knowledge Paul desires for them is the deep, inner kind of knowing that goes beyond mere mental accumulation of facts. The knowledge the Spirit gives is an intuitive knowledge. It is a kind of inner assurance that knows without even thinking about a thing.
Paul prays that the Spirit will give the Ephesians three things.
First, to know the hope of their calling.
Second, to know the riches of God’s inheritance in the saints.
Third, to know the immeasurable greatness of his power toward believers.
My prayer for my children:
“Father God, as Paul prayed for the Ephesians, I now pray for my children. First, I pray that you will save them by your merciful grace. Dear Lord, let my children’s names be found written in your Lamb’s Book of Life. Then, Lord, open the eyes of their hearts to see more fully the hope of their calling, the riches of your inheritance, and the greatness of your power. Let these truths become so real to them that they have no option but to live in light of them. And let it be a joy to them. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.”