For the last couple of weeks, we have been talking about praying through Scripture to help focus our prayers and have specifically been using the book of Ephesians. If you remember, before we began we looked at three great truths regarding using God's Word to focus our prayers. They are:
One, there is a direct connection between the degree that our minds are shaped by Scripture and the degree to which our prayers are answered.
"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you" - John 15:7.
Two, God only answers the prayers and petitions that His Son had some part in asking.
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him - 1 John 5:14-15.
And three, the early church prayed Scripture. And so should we.
But today we want to focus on some of the doctrines we found in just the first chapter of Ephesians. It is on these doctrines we have been focusing our prayers.
Praying Through Doctrines
Some of the truths we have been praying through are:
- God’s Calling
- Grace and Peace
- Blessed is our God
- Complete in Him
- Being “in Christ” and all that means
- Sovereignty of God
- Our Acceptance
- Substitutionary Atonement of Christ
- Forgiveness of Sins
- Grace in Abundance / Riches of His Grace
- Wisdom and Prudence of God
- The Church
- Eternal Security / Sealed
- Holy Spirit
- How to Pray / What to Pray For
- The Knowledge of God
- Effectual Calling
- Eternal Life / Our Final State
I hope you can see the importance of using Scripture to focus your prayers, especially as we see dark times approaching. To find out more about how this is done and how to become a faith prepper, keep listening.
The following is a study on Praying God's Word and Ephesians 1.