Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

The Prayer that Defines and Directs the Christian Life – Part 6

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  Ephesians 3:14-19

A.  The Prayer:  It’s about the Family

1.  Individually in relationship with our Heavenly Father: Eph. 3:14, Eph. 1:16-17, Matt. 6:6-9, 2 Cor. 6:14-18

2.  Impartially in relationship with God’s people: Eph. 3:15, John 20:17, 1 Thess. 1:2-3

 B.  The Prayer:  Its Main Petitions

1.  Strength to live the whole of the Christian life: Eph. 3:15-17, Col. 1:27, Col. 2:6

2.  Strength to grasp the limitlessness of Christ’s love: Eph. 3:18-19, Rom. 5:1-5, 2 Cor. 5:14, Gal. 2:20

C.  The Prayer:  Its Step-by-Step Application

1.  Strengthening of the new creation: Eph. 3:14-16, 2 Cor. 5:17, 1 Peter 2:1-3, 2 Cor. 4:16

2.  Creation of a suitable place for the Master’s Presence: Eph. 3:17a, 1 John 2:5-6, John 15:1-9

3.  Transformation by the comprehension of the Master’s love: Eph. 3:17b-18

4.  Continual conformity to the Master’s image: Eph. 3:19b, Col. 2:9-10