This past weekend at Eastbrook, we began a new series entitled “Power in Prayer: Learning to Pray with St. Paul.” This first weekend in the series, I took us inside of Ephesians 3:14-21, one of Paul’s notable prayers from this circular letter sent to churches in Ephesus and the surrounding area. I structured the message around two deep longings in our hearts: to have access to power and to find love. Prayer is, in many ways, a direct connection with these longings, as we reach out for power beyond ourselves and also open ourselves to the deepest vulnerability and intimacy possible in the spiritual realm.
You can watch my message from this past weekend and follow along with the message outline below. You can also engage with the entire series here or download the Eastbrook mobile app for even more opportunities for involvement. Each weekend I am also providing some resources for prayer related to the passage or theme of the week.
Resources for prayer
Our life of prayer is fueled by accurate knowledge of God’s power and love. Read through these verses and use them as material for prayer, both this week and in the future:
Understanding God’s love is central to our growth in faith and prayer. Here are some resources that may help us better understand God’s love:
- Bernard of Clairvaux, On Loving God
- C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves
- Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power…And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 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.” (Ephesians 3:16-18)
Approaching the Source of Power and Love (Ephesians 3:14-15)
Praying to Live within God’s Power (Ephesians 3:16-17a)
Praying to Live within God’s Love (Ephesians 3:17b-19)
Praising the God of Power and Love (Ephesians 3:20-21)