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Chapter 3 - God's Communication of a Lighted Union - The Blessed
Series: That Glorious Union....Ephesians
Ephesians 3: 14 thru 21
Intro: Verse 14-21 records the second prayer of Paul in Ephesians. When we take apart these verses, we gather a source of the magnificence of the lighted mission of the church. There are scores of cliches that we could insert here, but we will simply state that "a praying church is a powerful church". Paul was not only a preaching man, but he was also a praying man. It would be a hard matter indeed, to determine whether we have benefited more from his preaching or his praying. True prayer is not just looking outward for a seen Christ, but it is looking inward for a felt Christ. In the examination of Paul's prayer we see that he was:
I. ABIDING IN THE PRESENCE OF MAGNIFICENCE
We can further examine this verse to find:
A) The Territory in which He prayed
We could ask, what prayer meeting was he attending? Who else was there for support? What special effects, such as singing and music was available? The answer to all of these questions is a resounding none. Paul was in prison, with probably no contact with another human being except for the jailor and that would be only on a limited basis. Prison had curtailed his preaching, but prison could not curtail his praying. Even without any preaching or singing or a church atmosphere, and even in the territory of a prison cell, Paul entered into the magnificent presence of God.
B) The Target to which He prayed
("to the Father")
In these three words "to the Father", we see both inclusion as a member of God's family, with all it's rights and blessings, and we also see the intimacy involved in a son conversing with his father. We can sense the reverential awe that Paul was exerting, when coming into the presence of God. But not just the presence of God, but into the pr ...
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