Prayer, Power, Process
I. You Have Got To Have A Plan
II. You Have Got To See The Power
III. You Have Got To Have A Process
Several hundred miles off the coast of Guam is the Mariana Trench, the deepest place in the ocean. On January 23, 1960, Jacques Piccard and Donald Walsh climbed into a submersible vessel and were lowered into the cold, lonely darkness. Their descent into the deep, which set the world record, has never been repeated.
The depth of the ocean is mind-boggling. The Mariana Trench is nearly 7 miles down. The water pressure at the bottom of the trench is 15,931 pounds per square inch. Yet there is life. Walsh saw flat fish on the ocean floor, surviving despite the pressure and the darkness.
For most of us, it's hard to fathom just how deep the Mariana Trench is. But much more difficult to comprehend is the love of God.
Paul was hard-pressed to describe it, but he prayed that his readers would be able somehow to grasp ''the width and length and depth and height-to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge''
I want you to see three things in Ephesians 3:14-19.
I. YOU HAVE GOT TO HAVE A PLAN
Paul says here is how you can really learn to live up when everything around you is down. And you have got to start with a plan.
And the plan is I kneel before the Father. That plan is I pray. He wasn't praying for himself. He wasn't praying for his own problems.
He was praying for those people in Ephesus that were so dear and close to him. But when we talk about prayer its almost become an old hat.
We've really forgot what it means. James Montgomery says prayer is the soul's sincere desire utter and unexpressed. Its the motion of a hidden fire trembling in the breast.
Prayer is the breath of a sigh the falling of a tear. The upward glance of the eye when no one but the Lord is near.
The powerful thought from Paul is that when people began ...
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