Ephesians 3:14-21 “Why Pray?”


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Over the season of Lent, we have been challenged personally to commit to the daily reading of Scripture, prayer, and tithing.  We would probably be hard pressed to find a professing Christian that would say that prayer is not an important part of a believer’s life.  Like reading Scripture, we know that prayer is important but far too often this important discipline finds itself in the peripheral part of our lives, rather than at the center.

Paul, after explaining the truth of the Gospel to the church in Ephesus, dives into a beautiful and impactful prayer for the believers there.  In reading Paul’s prayer, we not only see the importance that he places on prayer as it relates to the message of the Gospel but can also learn from the focus and specificity that he brings before God on their behalf.

Questions to take home:

  1. Read through Paul’s prayer for the church in Ephesus again.  Now, read through the Lord’s Prayer as Matthew records it (6:5-15).  What similarities do you notice? Differences? How do these two prayers inform your own prayer life?
  2. Read Philippians 4:4-9 & 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.  What does this say about the importance of prayer? Do you find yourself bringing everything before God and thanking Him for His response?  What do you need to change to live more faithfully into this Scriptural teaching?
  3. Read Acts 2:42-47.  What did the followers of Jesus devote themselves to.  Do we as a church devote ourselves to these things? What ideas do you have to help us as a church better be about these things?  Please send them to someone in leadership!!