As we draw this series to a close it is fitting that we focus, as Ephesians itself does, on prayer. In the context of spiritual warfare this is the strategy God has given us! And yet it comes wrapped up with great boldness, encouragement and blessings in Christ.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
- To what extent do we think of prayer as our key strategy for spiritual warfare? How might this change our attitude and approach to prayer?
- How might v18 give us boldness and eagerness in our prayer life? [Hints: who enables/empowers our prayers? What is the repeated word?]
- In reality what might in look like for us to pray for (a)“All the Lord’s people”? (18) (b) Fearless proclamation of the gospel? (19-20)
- How might the farewell greetings and final blessings encourage and spur us on during the summer months? Has Ephesians given us a richer understanding of the peace, love and grace of God? (See e.g. 2:14-18; 1:4-5, 3:18; 2:6-10)
- In light of all this how can we pray for one another?
We’ve got a whole range of resources to help us get stuck into Ephesians this term.