A Hunger for God
A PRAYER TO KNOW GOD
“And I pray that you… may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV)
- Having listed down each of the spiritual blessings mentioned in Ephesians 1:3-14, what is the main prayer of the Apostle Paul in our passage today which he mentions in verses 17 and 18a (NASB)?
- Paul enumerates 3 things that a believer will realize in verses 18b-19 as a result of knowing God better. What are those?
- In verses 19-21, how did Paul describe the great power that is available for us if only we will know God better? [He explains this power more in Eph. 2:1-7, Romans 8:11, and Eph. 3:16-19].
- From the example of Paul in verses 17-18, how should we pray for ourselves and also for others? Why is this type of prayer important?
- How will knowing God and realizing His “hope”, His “riches”, and His great “power” for you (vv. 18-19) help you through all the challenges in your life? How can they help you in your present problems?
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” – Psalm 42:1-2a (NIV).
- Intimacy (Pray for yourself): Ask the God for more faith. Repent of self-reliance and small faith. Repent also of the ways you’ve been untrustworthy. Ask God to make you a faithful man or woman of faith.
- Investing (Pray for our church): Pray that God will make our faith in him ever increasing. We are trusting him for — more disciples, more growth, the planting of new churches, and the expansion of missions. We need faith to see all of that happen.
- Inviting (Pray for our communities): Ask God to grant the gift of faith to many in our city. Pray that he would cause the unbelieving to believe, and those of weak or small faith in him to trust in him more and more.