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Seeing With New Eyes (6 of 36)
We are looking at this first prayer of the Apostle Paul in the book of Ephesians. This is the first prayer the Holy Spirit has recorded for us in 6 chapters of the book of Ephesians. There is a second prayer in the third chapter.
I have several different speaking styles that I use according to the setting and where I am. I have a preaching style I use on Sunday mornings. I have a different style, more of a teaching style on Wednesday nights. I've never really been able to distinguish the difference between teaching and preaching. About the closest I've come to describing the difference is that you yell more when you preach. But when you teach you do spend a little more time on the content and you are a little more deliberate and you go into a little more detail. That's what I'm trying to do on Wednesday nights. I have the feeling that those of you who come on Wednesday nights come because you are interested in in-depth Bible study. You really want to dig in to the Word. I'm trying to go slowly. I'm trying to really see what God has to say for us in these particular verses.
With that in mind I want to teach a little bit tonight about this matter of how the Holy Spirit illumines us to understand the Scriptures. As we have looked at this prayer beginning in verse 1:15 and going to the end of the chapter, we have seen the setting of the prayer. Paul prays because of the fact that he had heard of their faith in the Lord and their love to the saints. He is thanking God for them. Then, he lays before us the subject of the prayer. What this prayer is about.
There are two prayers of Paul. This one and over in the 3rd chapter. You might just turn over to the third chapter for a moment. He tells us specifically what he is praying for in that chapter. He prays in verse 18, ''that you may be able...''. That is a prayer for enablement.
Back in the first chapter, in the middle of v ...
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