After the greeting and introduction of the letter, Paul continues his message to the Ephesians (and to us!) with a prayer. Just as we desire good things for those we love, so the Lord desires good for us. This good that Paul prays for is spiritual insight so that we may fully live into God’s plan.
Paul prays specifically that we would know three things. First, he wants us to understand that God’s plan calls for us to live in hope. This hope is not simply for things that will take place during the span of our earthly lives but is a hope that looks into eternity. It is also a hope that is not based in wishful thinking but is actually what God has called us to based on His plan and what He’s accomplished in Christ.
Second, Paul wants us to understand that God’s plan calls for us to understand our value. While we will one day receive an inheritance as God’s children, it turns out that He will also receive an inheritance. That inheritance is us, the people he knew and loved before the creation of the world, paid the ultimate cost to redeem, and has promised to be with for all eternity. One of the implications of this is that our true value/worth can never be measured by anything earthly. Our true value/worth is exemplified by the cross.
Finally, Paul wants us to understand that God’s plan calls for us to know His power. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead, seated him in the place of ultimate authority, and fills the Church is available to us. We need this power to live as God’s master plan requires.