Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Knowing God Through Prayer – Part 4

15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might…   Ephesians 1:15-19

1.  Who we are praying to:  God our Father:  Eph. 1:16-17, Acts 7:2, Ex. 33:18, John 17:24

2.  What we have already received from God:  Eph. 1:15-16

a.  From God the Father:  Eph. 1:3-6, Rom. 8:29, Jude 24, Matt. 6:31-33

b.  From God the Son: Eph. 1:7-12, Col. 2:9-10

c.  From God the Holy Spirit:  Eph. 1:13-14, Rom. 8:22-23, 1 Peter 2:9


3.  What we gain from this prayer?  Eph. 1:17-19

a.  The source of what we gain from this prayer

–  God the Father through His Holy Spirit: Eph. 1:17, Isa. 11:2, 1 Cor. 4:7, 2 Peter 1:3, 2 Peter 3:18

b. The specifics of what we gain from this prayer

–  God revealing how we are to walk with Him: By His wisdom: Eph. 1:17-18

Walking in the fear of God: Prov. 9:10, Jer. 32:39-41

Walking in light of eternity: Eph. 5:15-16, Ecc. 12:13-14

–  God revealing Himself to us: Encountering His holiness: Eph. 1:17-18, John 16:13, 1 Cor. 2:11, Exodus 3:5,    Joshua 5:13-15, Isa. 6:3, Rev. 1:12-17, Rev. 4:8

–  God revealing our walk with Him is total: mind, heart, will: Eph. 1:17-19

Hope renews the mind: Eph. 1:18, 1 Peter 1:13

Inheritance captures the affections: Eph. 1:18, Ps. 73:24-25, 1 Peter 1:8-9

Power engages our will: Eph. 1:18, Phil. 2:12-13