Praying for Empowerment|Ephesians 3:14-21| October 1st, 2017

Warm Up: Power and strength are two things that all people innately desire. From young kids, to grown-ups, we all have a desire to be strong, competent, and powerful. What are ways that this desire for power and strength manifest in our culture today?

  • Read Ephesians 3:14-21. The Apostle Paul prays that the Ephesian Christians be strengthened and empowered so that they may be rooted in God’s love for them. We also learn three desires that God has for us. First, God wants to make us strong. Second, God wants to keep us strong. And third, God uses our strength to impact the world. God’s desire is not that we would be strong in a physical, financial, or relational sense, but in a spiritual sense…to have “inner strength through His Spirit” (see v.14-16)
  • Why does God desire for us to have “inner strength”? 
  • Why do we tend not to desire for this “inner strength” for ourselves as much as He does for us?
  • How does God build that strength within our hearts and in our faith?
  • Look back at Ephesians 3:17-19. God wants to keep us strong. The strength that God provides enables us to grow in our faith because it has been firmly rooted in to the soil of His great love for us. 
  • Describe a time in your life when you felt and experienced God’s love for you in a uniquely deep way.
  • What are things that distract us, or cause us to forget, God’s love for us?
  • What actions do you take to help remember God’s deep love for you?
  • God gives us empowerment and faith so that we can touch His world in meaningful ways. The Apostle Paul ends this portion of Scripture (v.20-21) by declaring the great impact a community of strong believers can have for the Kingdom of God. This incredible impact is directly related to the unlimited power and resources that God provides. To have an impact, we need to trust “God will do immeasurably more than we can ask or think.”
  • What sort of things do you currently trust the Lord for in your life? 
  • In what areas of your life do you want to trust the Lord more?
  • Share some of the ways you sense God may want you to impact others and advance His Kingdom. Are you excited about these things? What, if anything, is holding you back?

Wrap Up: Listen to the Lord in silence as you close. Ask these questions and seek to tune your ears to what the Lord may say in response. Lord, what areas of my faith do I need your empowerment in? In what ways do You want me to experience Your love right now? What am I hesitant to ask You for because I think it is too insignificant, too impossible, or too embarrassing? God is a loving Father who wants His children simply to ask. Close together in prayer.