I love the book of Ephesians. I think the way it is written reveals some great revelations of what Jesus has already done for us and how we can view ourselves as new creations in Christ. A lot of this book highlights things that are already done in the spirit and it shows us how to pray to receive the promises God has for us through faith.
For example just chapter one tells us that we are already blessed (vs. 3), we are chosen (vs. 4), we are accepted (vs. 6), we are redeemed and forgiven (vs. 7), we have been given an inheritance (vs. 11), and we are sealed with the Holy Spirit (vs. 13). These are things that in God's view are already done and we can experience them when we are in Christ (which simply just means we have been born again as believers in Jesus).
These are things that we don't need to question or even necessarily ask for as Christians. However, to experience these promises takes faith- and faith takes knowledge and understanding (Ephesians 1:17; Philemon 1:6).
I've been thinking a lot about this and getting a greater understanding of how to properly pray as a believer. I think sometimes we don't get the right answers because we don't ask the right questions. Along those lines, I think we don't always see prayers answered because we aren't asking for the right things.
I know this is a very weighty topic, and I'm getting a bit theological here, and in my own life I feel I'm just starting to scratch the surface but I've been learning a lot about what things I need to ask for, and what things are already mine in Christ that I just need to embrace by faith. There are some things that God has already provided, He has already given to us in the spirit and He teaches us through His word how to receive those things in the natural realm.
For instance, I have stopped asking God to bless me. I have realized that according to His word, I'm already blessed. So, I thank God for what He has done- and guess what? I'm experiencing the blessing to a far greater measure! Since my husband and I have embraced this truth, we are seeing a greater measure of God's blessing in our marriage, finances, health and emotions!
If someone deposits a million dollars in your bank account, and you are in need of money, you wouldn't ask that person for money. You would learn to use your debit card to withdraw that which they have already given you. I think this is the same with God, and what the book of Ephesians is teaching us.
As an artist, I create art that flows out of my thoughts, experiences, meditations and what's happening in my spirit and soul. I have been thinking of this, and created a couple paintings with this theme. I pray that this inspires you to think differently, to read the book of Ephesians, to pray the prayers for wisdom and revelation, and to start thanking God for what He's already done! May you start living in the blessing of God!