Prison Epistles Lesson 7

Spiritual Strength From God / October 27 and 29, 2014

Key Truth: Because God unites us in the gospel, he wants us to pray for each other, believing that He can act on our behalf.

Ephesians 3:14-21

  1. Why does the church pray for each other?
    1. Because God has done a remarkable thing in us! “For this reason…” vs 14
    2. Because we all bear the name of Christ. vs 15
  2. What does the church pray for each other?
    1. Pray that your brothers will be strengthened internally through the Holy Spirit. vs 16
    2. Pray that your brothers will be indwelt with Christ by faith. vs 17
    3. Pray that your brothers will be rooted and grounded in love. vs 17
    4. Pray that your brothers will grasp the extent of Christ’s love. vs 18-19
    5. Pray that your brothers will be filled with God. vs 19
  3. How does the church acknowledge God in prayer?
    1. When you pray, acknowledge God’s sovereignty. vs 20
      1. God can do what you can ask or think.
      2. God can do more than you can ask or think.
      3. God can do abundantly more than you can ask or think.
    2. When you pray, acknowledge God’s power and glory. vs 21

IMPLICATIONS

  • This passage invites you to prayer and worship.
  • This passage reminds you that you are in a family where God is the Father.
  • This passage reminds you of the sovereign power of Christ in all things.

QUESTIONS

  • What are some practical implications for you regarding your prayer life? Does this passage challenge what you pray for or how you pray?
  • Paul acknowledges God’s sovereign ability to act in this world. Does God’s sovereignty motivate you to prayer, or does it make you think that prayer is unnecessary? How did Paul approach this topic?
  • What truth from this passage is most significant for your life right now?
  • In light of this passage, what changes does God want you to make in your attitudes, thoughts or actions?