Discussion Questions: Praying Paul’s Prayers from Ephesians

Discussion Questions: Praying Paul’s Prayers from Ephesians

Discussion Questions

Our discussion today will focus on Paul’s prayers in his letter to the church in Ephesus. 

  1. Paul’s prayers are an example for us to follow in both how and what to pray.  What have you previously considered about his prayers in general, e.g., Ephesians 1:15-19 and Philippians 1:9-11?  For example, have you noticed them, avoided them, understood them, been perplexed by them, etc.?  Have they affected your own prayer life?  Why or why not?
  2. Read Ephesians 1:3-14.  Paul is worshiping the Lord for the many “spiritual blessings” God has given us through his Son.  What are those blessings?  Is there one (or more) that you don’t understand well?  Discuss.  Which one of these spiritual blessings do you appreciate most?  Before going on to the next question, spend time as a group worshiping God for these things.
  3. Read Ephesians 1:15-19.  Paul prays for four things in vs. 17-19.  What are those four things, and what do they mean?  Again, before going on to the next question, pray for these things for one another and for other believers you are close to, that we would know these things more deeply. 
  4. Read Ephesians 3:14-19.  Paul’s focus here is on knowing the love that God has for us.  We certainly already know of his love, but his love is so deep and wide that we are to continually grow in our understanding of and faith in it.  How has knowing God’s love affected you in your life?  Pray for one another right now, that we would all go deeper and deeper in our conviction of the love of God and that his love would change our hearts, minds, and conduct. 
  5. Read Ephesians 6:10-18.  Discuss briefly the spiritual war we are in.  How are we to fight this war?   How is prayer (vs. 18) an essential part of our warfare?  What happens when we neglect to pray for one another in this warfare?  Now pray for one another to be protected by God’s power in this unseen fight.