Paul’s Prayer for a Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation

2 Jun

by Dr. Jonathan Doctor

Paul’s Prayer for a Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation

Why do we need a Spirit of Wisdom and revelation? Because God’s Word is spirit: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life” ( John 6:63, nas).

There is a wealth of spiritual treasure we need to discover in God’s Word. Most Christians are living in ignorance far below their rightful privileges.

Don’t just read the Word. Prayerfully ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and you’ll start to get revelation. Divine wisdom will be imparted to your spirit man as you gain an intimate and growing knowledge of Him through the Word.

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Joshua 1:8 (nas)

The Christian life should be described as getting to know God better every day. A friendship that does not grow closer with the years tends to vanish with the years. Paul prayed “that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened”— that inner illumination of the spirit.

Ephesians 1:18 says,

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.”

Eyes gather information. Through them you know what’s happening around you. Many Christians have a dull spiritual perception. They daily skim over the surface of the Word and mostly miss the message God’s trying to communicate to them. Neither do they pick up what’s happening in the spirit world around them. Paul prays for their spiritual eyes to be enlightened so they might know three things; they must know these three things:  That you may know (by divine revelation) the hope of His calling. 

Ephesians 1:18  

The hope to which He has called you …

We are all called by God, not just the pastor and the elders. Not all are called to full-time ministry, or to stand in the fivefold office of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher.

To all the Hebrews … Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling … Hebrews 3:1a (nas) 


To all the Corinthians … For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong … 1 Corinthians 1:2627 (nas)


Where is your church to which He has called you? It is the spiritual duty of the pastor and the members to press in to discover their calling and place in the ministry. The hope of His calling includes the eternal reward waiting in heaven for all who discover and obeying their calling.


For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus; who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. Titus 2:1114 (nas)


This hope should inspire us to pursue our calling. Too many Christians are without vision, focus, or direction. They need to discover the hope of His calling. As you daily begin to pray this prayer over your life, your calling will become clearer to you. You’ll also have the corresponding desire, will, and grace to walk in it.


That you may know (by divine revelation) what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints … Ephesians 1:18


The word inheritance in the Greek is kleronomia (klay-ron-om-ee’-ah); which means heirship; an inheritance, property a son inherits on the death of his father.  The root word of inheritance in the Greek is kleronomos (klay-ron-om’-os); in Messianic usage it means one who receives his allotted possession by right of sonship.

If you’re born again, you qualify for the inheritance.

Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:1214 (nas)  

One Response to “Paul’s Prayer for a Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation”

  1. Mandy Langenhoven January 22, 2015 at 9:46 pm #

    Praise be to god for wisdom n revelation. Attaining wisdom first will lead us to greener pAstures. Tank u lord for ur grace n glory on our lives

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