Praying with Power
INTRODUCTION: 3:1 sounds like he’s about to pray. In 3:14 he returns to his prayer. All of Paul’s prison prayers deal with the believer’s spiritual condition. He focused on the need for POWER.
I. The INVOCATION, vss. 14-15. As Creator, God is the Father of everyone; but as Savior, He is only the Father of those who believe and trust in Jesus.
II. THE PETITION, 3:16. 4 specific requests. Prays for:
A. STRENGTH. Rom. 8:9; 2 Cor. 4:16. As our bodies grow old & frail, our spirits can grow strong.
B. DEPTH, 3:17. 3 verbs: “dwell,” “rooted,” & “established.” Anchored deeply to His love.
C. COMPREHENSION, 3:18-19. “grasp”. 4 dimensions of God’s love.
D. FULLNESS, 3:19. We are already full in Christ positionally, but practically, we need to live it out.
III. The BENEDICTION, 3:20-21. God listens to our prayers and reads our thoughts. Rom. 5:20.
INVITATION: Action Steps: Pray this prayer for yourself on regular basis. Ask God to change your inner person. Pray this prayer for other people. Ask God to grant them strength, depth, comprehension, & fullness. Does God show through in your life? Eph. 3:14-21