The Ultimate Weapon-Prayer


Sermon Notes & Group Questions

What is the Ultimate Weapon? It's Prayer. 

How Are We Supposed To Use It?

Ephesians 6:18 (NIV) - “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints…

1. With all Prayer - “Pray all prayer and petition...” (6:18a)

2. Pray At All Times - “Pray at all times...” (6:18b)

Acts 1:14 - “They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

Acts 2:42 - “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - “Pray without ceasing…

3. In the Spirit - “Pray at all times in the spirit...” (6:18)

Romans 8:26-27 - “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”

Acts 4:29 - “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.

4. With all Perseverance - “...And with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition.” (6:18b)

Matthew 7:7 - “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

5. For all Believers - “...With all perseverance and all petition for all the saints...” (6:18e)

Ephesians 6:19-20 - “Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Q1: My Notes

Q2: It seems like most people turn to prayer at least at some point in their lives. What role does prayer play in your life?

Read Ephesians 6:18

Q3: In the first three chapters of Ephesians Paul is teaching us all we have, and all we are as part of God’s family through Jesus. Beginning in chapter four he begins to teach us how to live in response to all those blessings. Last week (Ephesians 6:1-17) Paul is reminding us about the enemy we have and the tools we have to fight with as we fight from the place of victory that is already ours. Now Paul is reminding us of the most powerful tool of all: prayer. In this verse (verse 18) Paul encourages us to go into battle “with all prayer and petition”. What do you think that means?

Read Acts1:14, Acts 2:42, 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Q4: It seems as though God wants us to pray all the time, “without ceasing”. We obviously can’t be literally talking to God all day in prayer. So what does “praying all the time, without ceasing” look like, and why is it important?

Read Romans 8:26-27, Acts 4:23-31, (keep Ephesians 6:18 in mind…)

Q5: Paul tells the Ephesians to pray at all times in the Spirit… In light of what happened among the believers in Acts and Paul’s words to the Romans, what role do you think the Holy Spirit plays in our prayer? Explain your answer.

Read Mathew 7:7

 

Q6: Paul told the Ephesians to pray continually, in the Spirit, and with perseverance. In Matthew 7 Jesus was teaching his disciples about prayer. In that conversation he tells them to ask, seek, and knock on God’s door. Why do you think perseverance is key in an effective life of prayer? Give examples or illustrations of your answer if you can.

Q7: In the last part of the verse we are studying, Paul challenges his readers to pray for other believers. This might be one of the most important things we can do for one another. Do you agree with that? If so, why?

Easter is coming! Consider serving together as a group, and/or joining the rest of the church in praying sometime Thursday 6am –Friday 6am. This is a great way to grow together as a group!

 

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