Ephesians Lesson Two:
Theme: Sit and Pray
This lesson is covering material primarily on Ephesians 1:15-23. The Ephesians were known for their sturdy grounded faith in our tender Savior and the love they demonstrated to others. Paul persistently thanked God for them and their full devotion to Christ. He prayed daily for them and asked God to give them divine wisdom. He also prayed that they would always develop in the knowledge of God and his ways. Next, Paul prayed that their hearts would be filled to overflow with incredible light where believers can comprehend the confident hope and that we would know our magnificent inheritance found in Christ.
Living with an attitude of prayer is key strategy in connecting to the heart of God. It’s critical to be prayerful throughout the entire day. Whatever trials or difficult situations that we may be going through, prayer assists us in handling our problems, and we will be more at peace. We can also bring our repentance, petitions, concerns, and our hurts to the merciful Creator. But most essentially, we can bring our praise and thankfulness and worship our Savior.
In Ephesians 1:19-23, Paul revealed that he prayed for believers to grasp the infinite power of God. He explained to Christians that the same mighty power that raised Christ from the grave is inside us. When Christ rose, he conquered death and displayed resurrection power! Christ is seated next to God in the heavenly realms. Christ has the definitive authority over every single ruler, leader, and everything else. He has power in this world and the world to come. Christ is the head of the church, and the church is His body, and he has control of all things. Resurrection power means that Christ has overcame everything including our sins and death. The devil will one day, very soon, be thrown into the lake of fire. Victory will be Christ, and pain and heartache will be gone! Resurrection power is something that I must remind myself when I go through trying seasons and I feel pressed to the limit.
Reading through the Bible study, I have noticed that I tend to pray whenever I need help and life is getting out of control. I sometimes forget that God wants to be a close friend and Father and communication is imperative. One thing that I realized that would immensely benefit me would be the prayer log included in the study and following through and actually making notes of how my prayer life is going. What would really help me, would be to pause and reflect and pray before I take on my different College subjects and tests, practice guitar, and when I rise and when I lay down to rest.
When Paul prays in Ephesians 3:14, he takes the time to kneel before God in honest humility. When you kneel, before God, you feel more at peace and contentment. This is a model, that I should follow and I could use some major improvement in.
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