Ephesians 1:15-23 and/or 3:14-21 (A sermon starter for each passage is provided)
The Bible includes many prayers – you may want to give them a “sampler” of prayers from the Old and New Testaments. Many have found that reading biblical prayers is enriching to their own prayer lives.
Share a story of someone you know who is a “prayer warrior” and why you think of them that way. You may also want to give some examples of how you can tell a lot about a person by their prayers (what’s important to them, etc.)
An “eye-witness” account (anyone ever called as one?) - Paul wants you to be an “eye-witness” (18) with the “eyes of your heart” (Chorus – “Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord”). Paul uses the metaphor of sight also in II Corinthians 4:3-6, where Satan has blinded unbelievers, but God’s light shines in our hearts.
Anyone can change (3:14-21)…and grow. Read the passage, have them listen to the optimism and sense of expectation. Grace brings power!
There’s a world of difference between expectation (ALL God can do) vs. resignation (that’s ALL I can do). Signs of Christians marked by resignation (frustration?): I’m doing all I can...what do you expect? He’ll never change! The best I can hope for is to keep struggling.
God gives us the power to experience more!
Use the guide for either personal devotions or group discussion.
© Wayne Schmidt