Father, We thank You, first of all, for the grace and peace our Lord Jesus secured for us on the cross, and which is now sealed in us through the power of the Holy Spirit.
We thank You that You have blessed us, chosen us, predestined us, freely given us, lavished on us, made known to us, and purposed us to have every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we belong to Jesus. You loved us so much that You chose us in Jesus before the creation of the world to be holy and without fault in Your eyes. May every aspect of our earthly and eternal identity be hinged on this Truth, Jesus Himself and His work alone, and on no other truth that the world speaks over us.
We thank You for revealing Your Jesus-centered plan for the world to us. You are opening our spiritual eyes to see that at the right time, You will bring everything in heaven and on earth under the authority of Jesus. You chose us from the beginning and because we place our trust in You, You identify us as Your own, sealing us with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is Your guarantee that You will give us everything that You have promised us and that we have been redeemed and purchased to be Your own special people.
Holy Spirit, open the eyes of our God-breathed spirit to Your wisdom and understanding. Help us to see that Your wisdom comes from growing in the knowledge of God, from realizing what a rich and glorious inheritance we have in Christ, and in understanding the incredible greatness of the power for us who believe in You. Never let us forget for even a split second that this is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.
Our Lord Jesus has been placed above every ruler or authority or power or principality or leader or kingdom not only in this world, but in the world to come. This authority was given to Jesus for the benefit of His body, the Church. Flood our hearts with Your light to understand what You are trying to reveal to us, so that we are not blinded and fooled by the tackiness of cheap light-like imitations that the world offers us. May we live boldly and humbly as new creations in the fullness of Father, Son, and Spirit alone, not only in this age, but in the glorious ages to come. Amen!