Paul’s Prayer for the Ephesians

Scripture Passage: 
Ephesians 3:14-21

Introduction:  Many of our prayers are carnal and selfish.  Paul’s prayers held some spiritual meat and were directed towards spiritual blessings for other believers.  Perhaps we would do well to return to spiritual prayer.

  1. STRENGTH IN THE INNER MAN (Ephesians 3:14-17)
    1. The Practice of Prayer (Ephesians 3:14)
      1. Prayer is offered to the Father.
      2. The mediator between God and man is the Son (1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 4:14-16).
      3. The Spirit makes intercession for us according to the will of God (Romans 8:26-27).
    2. According to the Riches of His Glory (Ephesians 3:16)
      1. Willingness to grant petitions
      2. Not all of God’s riches have to do with what we consider material goods.
    3. Strengthened with Might (Ephesians 3:16)
      1. Strengthened by His Spirit
      2. Strengthened in the inner man (2 Corinthians 4:16)
  2. COMPREHENSION OF THE LOVE OF CHRIST (Ephesians 3:18-19; Romans 8:35-39)
    1. Four Dimensional Love (Ephesians 3:18)
      1. Breadth – all encompassing (John 3:16)
      2. Length – everlasting (Revelation 13:8; 1 John 4:19)
      3. Depth – a love that brought Him down
      4. Height – a love that takes us up
    2. Knowing the Unknowable (Ephesians 3:19)
  3. THE RECIPIENT OF GLORY (Ephesians 3:20-21)
    1. The Reason for His Glory (Ephesians 3:20)
      1. He is able
      2. To do exceeding abundantly above
      3. All that we ask or think
    2. The Place of His Glory – in the church (Ephesians 3:21)
    3. The Means of His Glory – by Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:21)
    4. The Extent of His Glory – throughout all ages, world without end (Ephesians 3:21)

Conclusion:  Are you being strengthened in the inner man?  Are you rooted and grounded in externally?  Are you rooted and grounded in the inner man?  Are you seeking to know the unknowable love of Christ?

Andrew Ray

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 5:4

But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.