Root Level Prayer|Ephesians 1:15-23| September 24th, 2017

Warm Up: As we study Ephesians, we get a glimpse into the powerful prayer life of the Apostle Paul. What does prayer mean to you? What do you tend to pray for, or pray about, the most in your life?

  • Read Ephesians 1:15-23. If we are honest with ourselves, so often we can fall into a surface-level, outcomes-based, prayer life. In this scripture, the Apostle Paul models something different. It’s a prayer life that is strategic and specific. As Pastor Seth mentioned, standing strong in prayer is not simply praying for outcomes, but praying specifically and strategically into the root issues of our hearts and lives.
  • Have you ever known a pray-er who modeled this deeper focus in prayer well?What impacted you the most about his/her prayer life? How did it encourage your faith?
  • This serious, specific, Root Level Prayer, is getting to the nitty gritty of our lives and hearts so that we can stand strong in the faith. Paul prayed that his beloved Ephesian friends would possess a confident hope, that they would understand the incredible greatness of God’s power, and that they would believe that all authority is in Christ.
  • What is the difference between biblical “hope” and “wishful desire”?
  • Many people would say they have “hope,” but not in the sense that Paul meant it when he spoke of “confident hope.” What are some of the differences between “worldly hope” and “biblical Hope”?
  • Read Eph. 1:19-20. Secondly, Paul prays that the Ephesians would understand the “incredible greatness of God’s power.”
  • We follow, and serve, a God who gives to us the same power that He used when He raised Jesus from the grave. How does this “power” manifest itself in the life of the believer?
  • How does our prayer life change when we understand the power we have from God? If you can share an example of this from your own life, please do!
  • Read Eph. 1:21-23. Lastly, Paul prays that the Ephesians would understand that all authority is in Christ. Prayer is only effective when it is done in the authority of Jesus Christ because He is the ultimate authority in this world; all things are under Him. Describe what it looks like to exercise Jesus’ authority in your prayer life. How do you feel you may be able to grow in this? 

Wrap Up: Spend some time in “root-level” prayer. Pray that you better understand the confident hope He has given, as well as the incredible greatness of God’s power, and the authority of Jesus Christ in the world and in your life!