Sunday, 01 September 2019

How to PRAY “in Christ”

Ephesians 1:15-23

Pastor Jeremy Helmuth

LIFE-ALTERING Prayer

Have you ever longed for something more in your prayer life? You realize that praying for sicknesses and tragedies are important, but you sense that a component is missing from your talks with God. The apostle Paul teaches us how to pray in a dynamic way. There are three prayers that will change your life.

  • Jesus, I want to know you fully.
  • Enlighten the eyes of my heart  to know the hope of Jesus.
  • Enlighten the eyes of my heart to know the power of Jesus.

Take the Next Step:

  • Pray for God to empower you, then step out in faith.

Personal and Group Study

Getting Started

1. Have you ever longed for a more personal prayer time with Jesus, but you have always stuck to your list of requests?

Digging Deeper

2. In addition to the verses about hope discussed in the sermon, read about the hope in these passages (Romans 5:2-5; 8:24-25; 15:13; Hebrews 11:1; Proverbs 24:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:13; 1 Timothy 6:17; Jeremiah 29:11; 1 Corinthians 13:13). Why is hope vital to our life? Is there an area of your life you have given up hope for a better tomorrow?

3. Discuss how knowing Jesus affected John and Peter.  John went from a hot-head to a tender-hearted leader (Luke 9:54; 2 John 1:5). Talk about how Peter was convicted by Jesus’ eyes (Matthew 26:72; 26:75; Luke 22:61).

Applying the Bible

4. If you are a follower of Jesus, then God has placed His power inside of you.  Are you doing anything with this power? How can you unleash the power of God in your daily life? Start with praying daily. Then, step out in faith knowing that God will empower you in whatever situation you are in.

5. When is the last time you have shared the good news? If you truly believe that the power of the gospel changed you, then prove it this week by helping someone else be transformed.

6. Do you have a first hand knowledge of Jesus? Do you meet with Him, or do you just read about Him? Ask yourself these questions to see if you are growing in your knowledge of Jesus: Am I growing in love for others? Am I sensitive to the Spirit?  Do I stand firm in suffering? Do I find myself freely forgiving others instead of hanging onto bitterness?