That the eyes of my understanding be enlightened

Father God of glory,  
God of our Lord Jesus Christ,  

I ask you to give me   
the Spirit of wisdom   
and revelation   
in the knowledge of You.  

That the eyes of my understanding   
be enlightened  

That I may know   
what is the hope of Your calling
and what are the riches of the glory
of my inheritance in Jesus  

And what is the exceeding
of Your power
in me as a believer

according to the working   
of Your mighty power,  

Which You wrought   
in the Lord Jesus Christ,  

when You raised Him from the dead,   

and set Jesus
at Your own right hand
in the heavenly places,

Far above   
all principality,  
and power,  
and might,  
and dominion,  
and every name that is named,   

not only in this world,  
but also in that which is to come: 

And hath put all things
under Jesus' feet,

and gave Jesus to be the head   over all things to His body, 
of which I am a member,

which is the fulness of Jesus
that filleth all in all


Ephesians 1:17-23

Respect of Persons

The law applies equally to everyone.

Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour. – Lev 19:15

Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it. – Deut 1:17

Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts. – 2Chr 19:7

For there is no respect of persons with God. – Rom 2:11

And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him. – Eph 6:9

But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons. – Col 3:25

My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? – Jms 2:1-4

But By Prayer and Fasting

And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. 

Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

Mt 17:14-21

Most think the “this kind” refers to the kind of devil, however note the immediate context that “this kind” refers to unbelief.

The disciples did not need to fast while Jesus (the groomsmen in Mk 2:19 and Lk 5:34) because they could see Jesus.

These instructions were for us today. We (believers) are filled with the Holy Ghost. Fasting and prayer get the flesh and unbelief out of the way so that we can more fully walk in the Spirit.

Prayer of Faith

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

James 5:14-15

Look at new testament examples of healing the sick, in each case there is no
“prayer” asking God to heal someone. Instead what you find is the “prayer of faith”: commanding a devil to go, commanding the sickness to go, speaking health to the body, and/or telling the person to do something they could not do while sick.

We do not need to ask for what God has already given us and wants us to have (Note: nothing necessarily wrong with asking, but we do not need to ask or beg more than once as that demonstrates doubt that God already gave it to us).

Instead, we ask once in faith and then can repeatedly: 1) thank Jesus bearing our sickness by His stripes and thank Jesus for giving us the authority in His name; and, 2) using the dominion over the Earth and authority God gave us to command the devil and sickness to go, and command health and healing into the body.


But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

(1 Thessalonians 5:8-9)

Question: What wrath is being referred to in 1 Thess 5:9?

Hint: Notice it is between two references to salvation