Hello there and happy Friday! Today we find a prayer of Paul for the Church of Ephesus. Let’s join with Paul in praying for for a deep knowledge of God’s love in the lives of those around us!
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What is one way you have seen God’s love evident in your life this past week?
_ What is one way the Lord is impacting the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
_ Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER [ Ephesians 3:14-21 ] A Prayer For Spiritual Strength
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_To whom does Paul kneel before? (V. 14) How is He described? (V. 15)
_What is Paul’s first request? (V.16) What does it look like to be “strengthened with power through His Spirit”? By what means is this accomplished (V. 16a)
_What is Paul’s second request? (V. 17b-18)
_What is Paul’s final request? (V. 19)
_In what fashion does God answer these requests ? (V. 20)
_One of the major themes of Ephesians is unity in the Body of Christ. Why is this prayer relevant to that theme?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond to what I learned today with a simple concrete step of action/obedience? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs)
+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass along or encourage what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family around the dinner table, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)