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Dear Leader,

Herewith the Life Group Guideline below:

Topic – A Prayer for the Saints of Old ... and for the Saints of Today.

Worship:

Select some worship songs. You may want to play this song: ' Every day I look to you ... to be the strength of my life.'

Icebreaker:

Ask Life Group members to share about where and how they pray. Do they have a specific place where they pray, do they get on their knees or do they prefer sitting or pacing around as they pray?

Scripture reading:

Ephesians 3:14-21

Introduction:

Paul's prayer for the church in Ephesus is relevant for us today. It contains four key aspects:
That the Holy Spirit will strengthen you in your inner being.
Christ will dwell in your heart
That you will experience God's extravagant love
That you would experience the fullness of God.
We can pray these four prayers for ourselves, our spouse, our children, our relatives and friends and colleagues. When we pray scripture over people it is very powerful.

1. I pray that the Holy Spirit will strengthen you in the inner man
Ephesians 3:16
Strengthened with might ... in our inner being.
Gordon McDonald calls this our private world. It's that part of us that is hidden from people.
There can be chaos or peace in our private worlds. The pressures, demands, stresses, and deadlines in life can overrun our inner world. And emotions like fear, depression, and insecurity can sap our inner strength.

God wants to come in and strengthen our private inner world. Paul is asking for the saints to be strengthened spiritually according to the riches of God's glory. We can trust the Lord for a deluge of strength. No matter how broken your inner man is the Lord can strengthen you.

Discussion1: How are you doing in your private world? Are you experiencing more chaos or peace? In what way do you need the Lord to strengthen your inner man?

2. I pray that God will dwell in your heart.
Ephesians 3:17
Focus on the word DWELL?
Christ wants to dwell in our hearts. The emphasis here is on Jesus feeling at home in your heart. On Jesus having complete access to every part of our lives.
John 14:23
'If anyone loves Me, he will keep my Word and My Father will love him, and We will come and make Our home with him.'

Discussion 2: What are your thoughts about Jesus dwelling in our lives? Is there a difference between having Jesus be part of our lives and having him dwell in our hearts?

3. I pray that you would know God's extravagant love.
Jeremiah 31:3
'Yes I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
Ephesians 3:17b-19a

Discussion 3: Discuss the dimensions depicted in this verse ... the height, depth, width of God's love. Ask a few people to share their testimonies of experiencing God's extravagant love.

4. I pray that you will experience the fullness of God.
This is the climax of Paul's prayer. That you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Eph 19b
Picture of being in a boat on the ocean and filling a cup with ocean water. There is so much more of the ocean out there.
This is a mystery. That we can experience the fullness of God in our lives.

Discussion 4: Are you believing for more of God in your life. Are you pressing in and praying and trusting the Lord to reveal Himself to you in an even greater and fuller way?

Prayer and Ministry time:

Have anointing oil ready and pray for those who are hungry for more of God. Pray for a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Regards

Bruce Taylor
LIFE GROUPS PASTOR

 

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