Last week, we prayed for Unity in the Body of Christ and looked to find ways to encourage one another despite different viewpoints. This week, we are looking at our own spiritual ‘attitude’ and how it relates to the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Praying for Spiritual Awareness
The prayer for spiritual awareness is one whereby we receive a new understanding and appreciation of all we are and can become in Christ. Paul prayed this for the Christians in Ephesus. “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.” (Ephesians: 1:18)
In essence, this prayer is a request for an opening of one’s spiritual awareness through the working of the Holy Spirit. This includes realizing who and what we are in Christ, becoming aware of the power of God available to us, being aware of the presence of Christ in our lives, and experiencing the truth of his promises.
It is easy for Christians to forget some of these amazing truths and we need to continually go back to the scriptures to see what God will do in the lives of those who love and obey him. Sadly, many Christians never experience this spiritual awareness and their lives are less than fulfilled.
1) Read Ephesians 1:15-23
2) What are the specific ways God will ‘enlighten’ you? What are the promises He makes to you?
3) Choose one aspect that speaks into your life today and make it your prayer. Ask God to allow this to become a reality. What difference will this make in your life?
4) How can you use this prayer as a way to pray for others? Pray this for those whom God places on your heart.