daily devotions

step 1 toward intimacy

Ephesians 1:17

Today I am reminded of Paul’s prayer for the church in Ephesus. He asked God to impart (verb: to transmit knowledge of) the riches of the Spirit of Wisdom and the Spirit of Revelation so that you and I could deepen our intimacy with Jesus.

Today my prayer for all of us is: Paul’s Prayer

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 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 a 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 in us who believe, according to the working of his great might which he accomplished in Christ when he raised him from the dead and made him sit 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 that which is to come; and he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fulness of him who fills all in all.

Ephesians 1:15-22 RSV

This supernatural knowledge and revelation can only be transmitted by The Holy Spirit. Our hearts can only be enlightened by The Holy Spirit. When we are born again (John 3:1-3) we are given a fresh new spiritual life (2 Corinthians 5:17), but our mind, our will and our emotions must be renewed too. The renewing of the mind is a process of transformation.

I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:1-3 RSV

So.o.o for today; for the first step in our journey toward a deeper intimacy with Jesus is a commitment toward a deeper hunger for and dedication to the living and active Word of God.

Today’s reading: Psalm 103 and Ephesians chapter 1, 2 & 3.

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