Paul's Prayer for Enlightenment
Evangelist Billy Walker told a story about the city fathers of New York as they contemplated the future growth of the city. They laid out the streets and numbered them from the center outward.
When they began, there were only six or seven streets. In their planning maps, they projected how large they thought the city might grow.
Reaching beyond their wildest imagination, they drew streets on the map all the way out to 19th Street. They called it "Boundary Street" because they were sure that's all the larger New York City would become.
But history has proven them to be shortsighted. At last count, the city had reached 284th Street -- far exceeding their expectations!
We, like those city fathers, sometimes set the boundaries too close, too small, in our spiritual expectations. But our God can always do more. What a great and awesome God!
When you look at the resurrection of our Lord you will see that far exceeds our expectation and that is the message that Paul is trying to get across to us in our text.
OUR SUBJECT FOR THIS EVENING IS "MORE THAN RESURRECTION." AS WE ARE CONSIDER PAULS PRAYER FOR ENLIGHTEMENT IN EP 1.
IN PAULS PRISONS EPISTLE THERE ARE FOUR TREMDOUS PRAYERS. HE PRAYED THEM IN PRISON CELLS.
PAUL WROTE THESE PRAYERS THAT HELP LAUCH THE MOVEMENT OF THE LORD JESUS FROM A PRISON CELL.
HE PRAYED THAT THE EYES OF OUR HEART MIGHT BE ENLIGHTENED OR FLOODED WITH LIGHT.AS WE COME THIS EVENING WE SEE THAT THE APOSTLE PRAYED THAT WE MIGHT UNDERSTAND THAT THE CHRISITAN FAITH IS RESURRECTION BUT IT IS MORE RESURRECTION.
When John A. Broadus was the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, he went to a country church to preach one Sunday. A man approached him after the service and said, "Brother, God kin git along without all your learnin’." Bro. Broadus replied, “Yes sir, God can. And he can also get along without all your ignoran ...
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