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  • 1. EPHESIANS BIBLE STUDY<br />3 "I Keep Asking"<br /> Ephesians 1:15-23<br /> Sometimes prayer can be like pushing a full wheelbarrow—with no wheel. At other times it's like rushing down the rapids of a mountain river. What makes the difference? In this study we'll see why Paul's prayers overflow with praise and thanksgiving.<br /> <br />1. When you pray for fellow Christians, how do you usually pray for them? Give some specific examples.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />  <br />2. Read Ephes. 1:15-23. In Ephes. 1:15-16 Paul says, "For this reason . . . I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers." Why is Paul so thankful in his prayers for the Ephesians?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Why do you suppose these things were so important to him?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 3. How do Paul's prayers for his readers cover the past, the present and the future?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />4. Why do you think Paul's prayers focus on wisdom, revelation and knowledge?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />5. Compare and contrast Paul's prayers with those you mentioned in answering the first question in this study<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />6. How does Paul emphasize the tremendous power available "for us who believe" (Ephes. 1:19)?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 7. How has this power been active in your life?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />8. How does Ephes. 1:20-23 expand on Paul's discussion of Christ's headship begun in Ephes. 1:9-10?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />9. How is the church, the body of believers, so central to God's plans for the universe?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />10. What role does the church play in your life?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 11. How is Ephes. 1 itself an answer to the prayers Paul has been praying for his readers?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />12. What kind of prayer dominates Ephes. 1:3-14?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />13. What kind of prayer dominates Ephes. 1:15-23?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />14. How does intercession naturally flow out of praise?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 15. Spend several minutes praising God and then praying for Christ's church, or individuals in it, following Paul's example.<br />

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