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Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | February 1, 1976

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What does your prayer life look like? The disciples, realizing something was missing in their lives, asked Jesus how to pray. If the Son of God needs to pray, how much more do we, with all of our weaknesses, need to be people of prayer?

Pastor Wiersbe walks us through Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3, looking at four specific aspects of the prayer. May we learn to ask for the power of God to work in our lives for His glory.

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.


The disciplesasked Jesus to teach them how to praybecause they realized something was missing in their lives.

Jesus was a man of prayer. 

If God in the flesh had to be a man of prayer, how much more do we, with all of our weaknesses, need to be people of prayer?

Our livingis only as good as our praying.

The measure of our lives is our praying.

The prayer in Ephesians 3 is a prayer for enablement, asking the powerof God to work in our lives for His glory.

Studying Paul’s prayer can help us improve our own prayer lives.

Four questions:

-      Whyam I praying?

  • Jesus prayed because He needed the help of His Father.
  • Paul prayed because he was caught up in the great work God was doing.
  • Paul saw the greatness of the churchGod was building more than his own needs.
  • It is fine to pray for our own needs, but don’t focus solely on that.
  • God is building a church. What are you building?
  • Pray for things within the will of God.

-      Howam I praying? (Ephesians 3:14-15)

  • How we pray has to do with our aim, attitude, and ambition.
  • As Christians we pray as a son to our Father.
  • The posturesfor prayer are spiritual, not necessarily physical.
  • Jesus prayed on His face before God.
  • God delights in loving us and meeting our needs.

-      Whatam I praying for? (Ephesians 3:16-19)

  • Paul prays for strength, depth, and appropriation for the inner man.
  • God gives us strengthto match our tasks.
  • Our strength comes from our rootsin the loveof Christ. The deeper the roots, the more stability there is.
  • The one thing we take to heaven with us is our character.

-      Am I willing to be a part of the answer? (Ephesians 3:20-21)

  • God answers our prays according to the powerworking in us.
  • True prayer is getting God’s will done on Earth.
  • Are you available for God to work in your life?

The depths of God’s love and graceare so great. Why should we pray like they’re not?

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