Happy Tuesday. In today's reading we look at a simple prayer Paul prayed for his friends in Ephesus. Allow this prayer to challenge you in how you pray for those in your life. - Joey
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What is the thing you are most looking forward to today? What is overwhelming you?
_ Who has God placed in your life to serve, love, and pray for?
_ Take some time to acknowledge God, who He is and what He might want to do in your life today. Ask Him to show you and lead you in His agenda for your life today. Allow who He is to inform how you pray.
DISCOVER [Ephesians 1.15-23 ] 15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What are the elements that Paul prays for his friends and fellow followers believers in Ephesus in vs. 17-19?
_ What realities does he root this prayer in, in vs. 20-22?
_ Do you pray for your friends?
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?
+ 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, below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
+ 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)