1. How we pray matters.
Ephesians 3:1; Ephesians 3:14-15; Ephesians 2:13-16
2. What we pray matters.
A. To the power of Christ’s .
Ephesians 3:16-17; John 15:5; Philippians 4:13
B. To the wonder of Christ’s .
i. His love is .
ii. His love is .
iii. His love is .
3. Why we pray matters.
SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
- Did you write down or think of anything from the message or passage, Ephesians 3:14-21, you would like to act upon?
- Read Ephesians 3:14. What do you think about kneeling, or posture in general, in prayer?
- Read v.15. A. Who is “every family in heaven and on earth”? B. What is the significance of this “family” being named from the Father?
- Take a look at vv. 16-19. A. What does Paul pray the Lord would do for the Ephesian church? B. What does Paul say is the goal of his prayer? C. Who is a person(s) you will pray for in a similar fashion this week?
- What is the difference between “comprehending” and “knowing” the love of Christ? B. How have you experienced that love?
- Read vv. 20-21. Here, Paul praises God for His power to answer our prayers. Considering Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians (vv.16-19), what should we also be asking God to do for us (i.e., what was Paul asking for in his prayer)? B. How does God answer our prayers? (Hint: What is the “power at work within us”?)
Given all the power that the Father has, we should each be expectant that He will do “far more abundantly” than we ask. Use this time as a group to proclaim how He has exceeded your expectations and desires, and encourage one another toward thankfulness and praise as you move into prayer.