Ephesians 1:18, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.

Paul prays for a specific hope! Do you pray for Hope? Hope means to trust in, wait for, look for, or desire something or someone; or to expect something beneficial in the future. In the Old Testament., there are several Hebrew verbs that may in certain contexts be translated “to hope” in English. Therefore, in the Old Testament, believers are encouraged to wait for God hopefully, expectantly. In times of trouble one should wait for the Lord, who will turn things around ( Psalm 25:21 ; 27:14 ; 40:1 ; 130:5 ).

And perhaps we talk about hope in matters that involve uncertainty. However, the New Testament talks about hope in matters of certainty. These certainties may not be fully experienced or realized, but they are certainly certain. This is how Paul prayed for the Ephesians, to “know what is the hope to which he has called you” (Eph. 1:18).

Knowing this hope involves certainty about who God is and all that God had done for His people in Christ. This hope is intellectual and experiential. “Hope is objective—it is a reality based on truth. And hope is subjective—the reality is something I take hold of with my heart.” For both of these reasons, Paul prayed that his friends in Ephesus would know hope. Because to know this hope, is to know the assurance of a reality that you have not yet fully experienced.