Hear how Paul prays for us:
I do not cease to give thanks for you,
remembering you in my prayers,
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,
having the eyes of your hearts enlightened,
that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you,
what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe,
according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ
when he raised him from the dead
and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,
far above all rule and authority and power and dominion,
and above every name that is named,
not only in this age but also in the one to come.
And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,
which is his body,
the fullness of him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:15-23)
This is what you and I need.
We need “the Spirit of wisdom and revelation” so that we “may know him better.”
We need the eyes of our hearts opened and enlightened to better know
and understand “the hope to which he has called” us,
that is, “the riches of His glorious inheritance”
and “his incomparably great power for us how believe.”
This power, which can raise us
from whatever spiritual lethargy we are caught up in,
is just like the “working of his mighty strength,
which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand.”
This is what we need.
We do not need some mystical experience that might give us power of sorts.
We do not need some tragic experience to jolt us awake,
although God could use that if he wished.
What we need are the facts, just the facts, emblazoned on our hearts and minds.
We need to clearly see where we would be headed apart from Christ
and where we will be headed with him at the lead.
Gospel motivation by Robert J Koester p 130
photos taken by me at Camp Lakeview