Chapter Two, Lesson One
ACCEPTABLE PRAYER Page
V. 1 (contd.)
petitions (enteuxis) - This word only appears here and
in 1Timothy 4:5. It comes from a root word meaning to fall in
with someone or to get involved with them. The verb from which
enteuxis derives is used to speak of both Christs and the
Spirits intercession for us.
cf. Hebrews 7:25, Romans 8:26
This term not only describes advocacy, but also an expression of empathy,
sympathy, compassion and involvement. Evangelistic prayer is not cold,
detached, or impersonal. Understanding the depths of their misery and
pain, we should cry out to God for the salvation of sinners.
** What forth element does Paul add to our pattern for prayer on behalf
of the lost?
Thanksgivings - Our prayers should be with a spirit
of gratitude to God that the gospel offer has been extended to the whole
world and that by His grace we have been privileged to reach some with
Gods saving truth. cf. Romans 11:13-14, 1Corinthians 9:22
V. 2 ** Paul has said that we should be praying on behalf of all
men. Before we look at his specific example here in verse two, how does
God feel about us praying for the salvation of all men?
God desires all men to be saved.
cf. 1Timothy 2:4
God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked.
cf. Ezekiel 33:11
God commands all men to repent.
cf. Acts 17:30
God offers His grace for salvation to all men.
cf. Titus 2:11
** So, here in our passage, to what group does Paul specifically refer
as a target of our evangelistic
We are to pray for kings and all who are in authority.
** Who was the king for these Ephesian believers?
Nero! Although he was a vile persecutor of the faith, they were to
pray for his redemption. Paul did not instruct them to pray for his
removal or for some governmental reform, merely for God to meet his
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