The Eyes Of Enlightenment, Part 1 (1 Of 2) by Ernest Easley

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"The Eyes of Enlightenment"
Ephesians 1.15-23
August 15, 1999
Dr. Ernest L. Easley

How many of you have your prayer book with you tonight? If so,
hold it up? You may have never thought of your Bible as a prayer book,
but it is! I've read that there are around 650 prayers recorded in the Word
of God! In fact, we've just finished studying the 17th chapter of John,
which records the prayer of Jesus prior to going to the cross.

And now tonight, we're looking at another wonderful prayer prayed
by the Apostle Paul. We've been listening to a prayer of Jesus and
tonight we're listening in on a prayer of Paul. And what Paul prayed for
the saints at Ephesus is my prayer for you.

So take your Bible and join me for a few minutes in the book of
Ephesians. Paul had established the church at Ephesus, in fact, he
preached to them for three years! He had lead many of them to faith in
Jesus Christ. And now he writes them this letter of encouragement from a
Roman prison.

I can see Paul chained to a Roman soldier in a dirty prison writing
to the members of the church there at Ephesus and suddenly he begins to
pray! He may have been physically retrained, but his prayers weren't.

Today, our liberal society has tried to squelch prayer in school and
they've done a pretty good job. But the truth is nobody can keep you from
praying in school. Somebody says, "But there can't be prayers in public
schools. It's against the law." Well, if that's so, I need to be arrested.

You say, "Pastor, what for?" Well, this past Wednesday was the
first day of school. And that afternoon, I walked into Permian High School
and asked to see the Principal. I waited a few minutes and up walked
Brian Rossen the Principal whose been attending our church.

I shook his hand and said, "Brian, it's the first day of school. I've
come to pray for you that God would give you wisdom and protection and
courage." He said, "Pastor, than ...

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