The Prayer of Enablement


The Prayer of Enablement

Ephesians 3:14-21

 

2 prayers Paul prayed for the Ephesian church that God liked so much He recorded it in His Word for us to pray for ourselves.

Eph. 1:16-23 is the Prayer for Enlightenment is summarized as:

To Know God Personally

To Know God’s Plan

To Know God’s Power

 

My prayer for my grandkids while they were visiting this week. I would go into bedroom while they were asleep and pray my inheritance prayer for them. If I had an inheritance prayer for my grandchildren it would be this;

  1. Know God personally and present Him your body as a sacrifice every day in order to discover His will for your life.

  2. Learn to let the Spirit lead you in all decisions. Grow in prayer.

  3. Walk with God by faith not your feelings. Feelings lie.

  4. Make sure you stay protected from Satan’s lightning strikes by keeping yourself rooted and grounded in the love of God flowing for you and through you to others. Learn to forgive quickly.

 

 

 

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A righteous man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” Proverbs 13:22

 

First, you have to be enlightened about God and His will for you.

 

 

Ill. Much of my early life as a new Christian, I was frustrated with God about not getting God’s direction for my vocation or career. What am I to do? I remember saying many times, “I want to do great things for God.” I was zealous and focused on the doing more than the being. Please just tell me! Over time I realized finding God’s will is impossible if we we don’t do it His way. I have had to learn God

Finding God’s enablement for your life first involves:

  1. Presenting your body to God as a daily living sacrifice. (Romans 12:1).

 

People pray, “Lord, do whatever You have to do to make me serve you.” That is not a proper prayer. You cannot pray and make this happen. You cannot have people lay hands on you for this to happen.

You have to present your bodies as a right now living sacrifice in an open contract without knowing your future vocation.

  • Jesus’ clear requirements for becoming His disciple.

  1. Deny yourself.

  2. Take up your cross

  3. Follow Me into your unknown future, right now in your present circumstances you get to decide the sacrifice He is asking you to bring.

 

Most sacrifices were dead sacrifices but this one is a living one, not a one-time deal, an on going sacrifice daily to Him with many course corrections along the way. The starting place is a living sacrifice. Living sacrifices tend to crawl off the altar.

 

This is how Paul was able to find enablement from God to live out His plan. This is what Paul’s second prayer in Ephesians is about, God’s enablement.

 

For this cause (reason), I bow my knees unto the Father unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,” Eph. 3:14-15

 

For this reason, = look back to previous verses. Verse 1 “Prisoner of the Lord”. Because Paul has been given revelation about God’s person, plans and power, he is now a minister and preaches that plan to people, yet with great opposition.

  • It would not be wise to think when you move in God’s direction for your life that you would not experience opposition.

“Don’t lose heart at my tribulations for you” Eph. 3:13

“I bow my knees” – I deny myself the right to understand why things happen to me. I take up my cross, and follow Him.

 

Finding God’s enablement for your life first involves:

  1. Bringing Him your daily Living sacrifice. (Romans 12:1).

  2. Being Led by the Spirit.

For as many as are LED by the Spirit of God, these are the (Mature) sons of God.” Romans 8:14

Many Xnx fall short here because they try to live for God rather than let God live through them. The key to the Xn life is learning how to depend upon the HS for our strength. This requires developing your prayer life in order to hear and recognize God.

Paul’s prayer here in chapter 3 is all about the enablement God gives us to be able to do this. Verses 14-19 is one long sentence. Here is just a portion.

That He would give you power to be strengthened in the inner man” vs 16

 

This strengthening the inner man is not the spirit, because that part is complete when you are born again and perfect in X. This is in the heart and soul and personality of the believer. The spirit is already complete (Col. 2:10) and does not need strengthening.

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith . . .” vs 17

 

The heart is comprised of the spirit and the soul of man. When X comes into our hearts at salvation that is in our spirit which is part of our heart. Paul is praying that the presence of Christ that is already resident in our spirit will become overflow into our soul and renewing our minds, and wills. Notice one key phrase how this happens!

 

That Christ may dwell in your hearts BY FAITH . . .” vs 17.

 

Most Xns don’t like doing anything by faith. They would rather have Christ dwell in their hearts by felling than faith. Faith will produce feelings sometimes, but feelings are not faith. The average Xn does not feel the presence of the Lord and then does not believe He is REALLY there.

Examples of prayers of unbelief: “Lord, we ask You to be with us today, or WE ask You to go with us throughout this week.” This goes all the way back to feelings. HE promised He would never leave us, so any prayer that assumes His absence is unbelief.

By feelings or by faith?

Paul is praying instead of us being dominated by feelings that we will renew our minds and perceive by faith that Christ is dwelling in our soul.

 

that you, being rooted and grounded in love may be able to comprehend . . . and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge . . .” vs 18-19

 

 

This is our vital responsibility as people who have tasted and seen the love of God for us. While we were yet sinners He loved and died for us.

We are to get ourselves so rooted and grounded in His hessed/agape love that can overcome Satan’s lightning strikes when they happen.

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Ill. Jesus described Satan as falling like lightning, or lightning strikes – suddenly, fierce, without warning. Florida is known as the lightning capital of the world by NASA.

Point: You can’t stop a lightning strike but you can be protected if you are grounded when it happens. Heaven is the only place you will never experience Satan’s sudden lightning type attacks through people or circumstances. Your enemy is not flesh and blood.

If you and I will get grounded in God’s love for us and walk in love and forgiveness with each other, then the damage Satan intends to cause will not be effective.

Satan’s lightning strikes are inevitable. When they do happen it can reveal about who and what is grounded in love! You may not be able to stop a lightning strike but you can make sure you are grounded in the love of God!

 

to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge . . .” vs 19

Sounds like a contradiction. But the word “know” is GINOSKO which means to experience this love not just know about it.

 

The end result of experiencing this love of God personally is

that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.” Vs 19

God’s love is the key to opens everything that God is and wants to be in our life. When we let His love flow through our lives to express love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self control - then there is NO LIMIT on what God can do in and through us.

 

But if we shut down and try to control who we will show love and how we will show the love of God then we shut down the fullness of God from flowing through us.

 

So a true revelation of God’s love will make us experience the fullness of God! So it also means a lack in being full of God is due to a lack in experiencing God’s love flowing freely through my life. I can literally shut down and limit God from working in and through my life by shutting down His love from flowing through me. This is especially true in harboring un-forgiveness, or bitterness towards anyone.

 

Example: “Again and again they limited God, preventing Him from blessing them.” Psalm 78:41 Passion translation

 

 

Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. . .” vs 20.

It is not true that God will do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think PERIOD> He ties this verse of His ability to the power that works in us.

First, God’s power works in us so that He can work through us!

 

 

Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,” vs 20.

 

 

The HS is the power of God working in us by faith according to His Word through the conduit of love. This power comes from inside from the indwelling Savior of Love released by faith.

 

Concl: Nothing works if love is not flowing. Faith won’t work, gifts, prayer, worship!

I saw something during Eddie James night here at GT. Faith has to be released in some way before anything of God happens in the natural. It is different for each individual. God deals with us as individuals and wants us to move, take our next step in faith that He is leading us.

It may look silly to those outside of faith. Jericho march, dance before the Lord, sing songs at the midnight hour, build an ark, give and it shall be given to you.

 

If I had an inheritance prayer for my grandchildren it would be this;

  1. Know God personally and present Him your body as a sacrifice every day in order to discover His will for your life.

  2. Learn to let the Spirit lead you in all decisions. Grow in prayer.

  3. Walk with God by faith not your feelings. Feelings lie.

  4. Make sure you stay protected from Satan’s lightning strikes by keeping yourself rooted and grounded in the love of God flowing for you and through you to others. Learn to forgive quickly.

 

 

I saw something during Eddie James night here at GT. Faith has to be released in some way before anything of God happens in the natural. It is different for each individual. God deals with us as individuals and wants us to move, take our next step in faith that He is leading us.

It may look silly to those outside of faith. Jericho march, dance before the Lord, sing songs at the midnight hour, build an ark, give and it shall be given to you.

 

e.g. woman who touched Jesus’s garment. God was dealing with her privately – she had no scripture telling her to do this. She could not just pray and ask Jesus to come and heal her. She had to move and do something. For her it was just touch Him. Her faith caused her to do something out of the ordinary for her. But remember Jesus’ words?

Who touched me? Many were touching Him but this one touched Him by faith and that moved Jesus. He said to her, “Go your faith has made you well.”

God will whisper things to you that you need to do because your faith needs to be activated. Jesus is drawn to faith.

Faith is like a battery in a car. When you turn the key power form the battery goes through the cables to the starter turning the flywheel. But you must turn the key or push the button. RISK.

Faith does not work without you, and God does not work without your faith.

It’s okay to say to God, “Father I think you may have been telling me to do this or that. Would you tell me again if that is You or not? Then act accordingly.

Some you need to come and talk to God about something that has been coming back around to you for a long time. Either you are hearing God or you are not. Talk to God, make a decision and act on it.

 

He made us hungry for more because He wants us to experience the fullness of God in our hearts and lives. Everyone should be hungry enough to come to this altar and ask for more of Him flowing in and through us.