Ephesians 1:15-23: I Keep Asking
Sometimes prayer can be like pushing a full wheelbarrow—with no wheel. At other times it's like rushing down the rapids of a mountain river. What makes the difference? In this passage, we'll see why Paul's prayers overflow with praise and thanksgiving.
Warming Up to God
Talk to God about the times prayer was hard for you. Describe your disappointment or pain. Take time to allow him to listen to you fully.
Discovering the Word
- How do Paul's prayers for his readers throughout this passage cover the past, the present and the future?
- How does Paul emphasize the tremendous power available "for us who believe" (v. 19)?
- How do verses 20-23 expand on Paul's discussion of Christ's headship begun in verses 9-10?
- How is the church, the body of believers, central to God's plans for the universe (vv. 22-23)?
Applying the Word
- When you pray for fellow Christians, how do you usually pray for them?
- In what ways would you like your prayers to be more like Paul's?
- How could you make the church a more central part of your life?
Responding in Prayer
Pray for Christ's church and individuals in your church, following Paul's example.