so that you may know him better

Wednesday’s lesson will be from Ephesians 1:17-23.

I found it very helpful to read this section from multiple translations. The quote in the title is from the NIV.

While it is appropriate to:

  • Pray for the lost: Cf Romans 10:1, “my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved”
  • Pray for governmental leaders: Cf 1 Timothy 2:1-2, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
  • Pray for the sick and infirm: Cf James 5:15, “the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up”
  • Pray for one’s own material needs: Cf Matthew 6:11, “Give us this day our daily bread”
  • Pray for one’s own forgiveness and victory over temptation: Cf Matthew 6:12-13, “And forgive us our debts … And do not lead us into temptation”

Paul’s prayer is for others and it is specifically for the believers at Ephesus.

I see in this lesson that Paul modeled prayer for the church. It was his desire that they would pray for each other as he prayed for them. There’s a lesson in there for the Fourth Baptist Young Adults.

Additionally, if the Holy Spirit moved Paul to pray in this manner, one may conclude that it is the Lord’s will that these prayer requests be appropriated in our own lives.

I’ve been reading John MacArthur’s commentary on Ephesians and he suggests that Paul prayed that they might:

  1. Understand the greatness of God’s plan (1:18)
  2. Understand the greatness of God’s purpose (1:19-20)
  3. Understand the greatness of God’s person (1:21-23)

I find this outline helpful.

I trust that if you are free this Wednesday, that you would join us to study God’s Word and to pray together. Kathee and I have been greatly encouraged by our fellowship with you!

Additionally, I would like for us to discuss ministry planning this Wednesday.

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