May the eyes of your heart be 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. Ephesians 1:18
In 2 Kings 6, there is an account about the prophet Elisha. The king of Syria sent men to kill him because Elisha heard from God and would tell the king of Israel what the king of Syria was going to do. So the king of Syria sent a great army with horses and chariots to go get him, surrounding the city Elisha was in. Elisha’s servant rose early and saw the army around the city and ran to Elisha reporting this in fear. Verse 17 says, “Then Elisha prayed and said, ‘O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” God did it and the servant saw that the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
Paul was praying a similar prayer for the church of Ephesus. It wasn’t so that they could see the angel army around them, but so they could understand what God had gifted them with. He prayed that they would be able to know the hope they have in their faith, the riches of God’s inheritance, and the power they possess. If you don’t know how to pray for someone else, or even yourself, this prayer is a good place to start.
Let’s start with praying for knowing the hope of our calling. Paul is not just praying that we would have hope, but that we know about our calling. In Ephesians 4:1 Paul commands that we walk worthy of our calling. Part of that has to do with understanding why God has saved you. Another part has to do with recognizing what gifts you have and how God wants to use you while you are on this planet. As you figure this out with the eyes of your heart open, you will find a deeper hope than what you had before.
Paul then prayed that their eyes would be opened to understand what the glory of God’s inheritance in the saints is. Paul is referring to the inheritance that God has in His saints, or us. We are saints. We are God’s possession, purchased by the blood of Jesus. We are God’s portion, or inheritance, and one day we will all be in Heaven with God for all eternity. Many Old Testament texts speak of Israel as God’s chosen portion or inheritance.
1 Peter 1:9 tells us we are too: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” We are God’s glorious inheritance, or possession.
In order to get this, something must happen to us. We must have a heart that sees spiritual reality. This is a gift from God. That is why Paul is praying for it. The things we need most, we cannot get on our own. That is why prayer is utterly crucial in the Christian life. When someone says, “I get along just fine without prayer,” they don’t know what they are missing. Don’t miss what it is that God wants to fill your life. Pray for it and live your Christian life to the full.