After discussing the believer's spiritual armor, Paul encourages us to do one other thing continually as we fight against satan... and that is pray.
This Week's Action Step:
Paul encourages believers in Eph. 6:18 to pray for "ALL the Saints."
Take some time each day this week and pray for the church.
Small Group Questions:
1. Read the following verses that I referenced in the sermon this week: Rom. 12:12, Col. 4:2, Phil. 4:6, and I Thess. 5:17.
What does it mean to be “constant in prayer” or to “pray without ceasing?” How can we do that?
2. Paul urges the Ephesian church to pray with "all prayer and supplication." There are different kinds/types of prayer. List as many kinds/types of prayer as you can think of. What kind/types of prayers do you find yourself praying most frequently? Why?
3. How do we pray with “all perseverance?” What is something you’ve prayed for with perseverance/persistence? Did you (or do you) find it difficult to continue to pray for something for a long time?
4. Read Eph. 6:19-20. We tend to pray for the things that are most important to us. If that’s true, what was most important to the apostle Paul? What can/does this teach us about how to specifically pray for our spiritual leaders (Elders, Pastors, Missionaries, etc…) in our church?
5. Paul also encourages the believers in Ephesus to “pray for all the saints.” With that in mind, take some time as you wrap up your small group this week and pray for each other. You can do this however you want (have a few people pray, open it up to anyone who wants to pray, divide up into groups of 3 or 4 and pray, etc…). The important thing is to pray for one another as we’re all in the fight against satan.
Songs from Today
Spirit Move by Amanda Cook and Kalley Heiligenthal
This Is Amazing Grace by Josh Farro, Jeremy Riddle, and Phil Wickham
Never Stop by Chris Franz and Mariah McManus
Good Good Father
No Longer Slaves by Jonathan David Helser and Melissa Helser