The Lord wants good things for us. Not the good things the way our fleshly appetites might describe it, but those things which are truly substantial. It wants purpose and meaning and joy. He wants us to take ownership of that which we have been entrusted with. He wants us to have the courage to risk and to work, to persevere and to learn.

Of course, these are the things we truly want for ourselves. They are complicated and difficult to achieve, let alone maintain, so we are often tempted to find easier, cheaper imitations. But deep down, we want the things Christ wants for us. It is no coincidence our true heart’s desire aligns with His.

Paul recognizes it and he prays the Lord will grant these good things to His people.

What are these good things? They are not circumstances or emotions. They are not about things you can count. It is a spirit, one of wisdom and revelation.

Wisdom is the ability to practically discern and execute what is true. Revelation is the ability to perceive what is true. Paul is praying for the people of Ephesus to be endowed with a heart or a passion for truth. To pursue it, find it, and apply it. Not to depend on things beyond their control, but to control the choices they have.

One of those choices is perspective. Wisdom and Revelation are the bones and tissue of perspective. The Lord wants these things for us. We want them ourselves. But they can only be attained by listening to God, trusting in Him, and committing to the vision of The Kingdom of Heaven.

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.”
– Ephesians 1:17