Don’t ask God for something new. Rather open your eyes to see and discover what you already have in Him.
The book of Ephesians was written to show you what God has already done. The first three chapters establish our position in Christ. We have been included in an accomplished work. The prayers of Ephesians encourage us not to petition Him for something new, but rather that the eyes of your understanding might be enlightened to see what you already have.
Ephesians 1:17,18 says: “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what is the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.”
We are not still negotiating favour and acceptance with God, it has already been established in Christ. Notice how Paul wrote everything in the past tense: Ephesians 2:1 says: “And He has made you alive, who were once dead in trespasses and sins.” It does not say that you can be quickened if you believe, if you will seek, if you will petition God. It’s written from this same ‘done deal’ perspective. You’ve already got it!
If you are in Christ, you have been made alive! As a born-again believer, you have been quickened. You now have God’s resurrection power inside you. You aren’t trying to be made alive, or to be blessed, or to win God’s favour.
You have all of these graces upon your life because of the reference point of the cross. When you truly understand that you’ve been made alive, it breaks the power of sin, and you live in victory. When you understand and acknowledge that Christ has already done it—that you already have resurrection life and you are as Jesus is in the spirit—victory is an inevitable byproduct.
You were saved by grace, it is an accomplished reality. Now you must receive it by faith. You are not saved by grace alone, your faith lays claim to establish it in your life. You were saved by grace through faith.
Ephesians 2:7-9 says: “That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace you are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”