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Ephesians, Chapter One, Lesson Five

THANKFUL IN CHRIST            Page 4

V.16 ** We have already noted that Paul was giving thanks for the Ephesians faith, what unusual thing do you notice about that in this verse?

He did not cease from giving thanks to God for the miraculous work of salvation granted to the Ephesians. This was a daily, if not hourly pattern for the apostle as he fulfilled his life and ministry in Christs' name. cf. Philippians 4:4, and 1Thessalonians 5:16-18

** In the case of the Ephesians, when was Paul giving thanks for them?

In his prayer life! "...while making mention of you in my prayers..." The apostle, like Jesus, was a person of prayer. We need to be also! We should be willing to stop in the middle of our busy day and just talk to the Lord, making mention of all sorts of things for which we are to be thankful.

** What kinds of prayer does God's word present?

Intercessory - Hebrews 7:23-25
Supplication - Philippians 4:6
Requests - Philippians 4:6
Confession - Psalm 32:1-5
Thanksgiving - 1Thessalonians 1:2
Praise - Revelation 19:5-6

V.17 ** What is the specific content of Paul's prayer for the Ephesians?

That God would give them "a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him." It is important to understand the use of the word "spirit" in this statement.

pneuma - lit. a breath of air, we get our words pneumatic and pneumonia from this word. From that meaning is derived the connotation of spirit. It is best understood as speaking of a disposition, influence or attitude. cf. Matthew 5:3

Paul wants the Ephesians and us to have an attitude of wisdom and knowledge, an understanding of all that we have "in Him".

** Did Paul personally treasure the knowledge of Christ, which God had bestowed upon him?

More than anything else! cf. Philippians 3:8
Nothing in life could "surpass" the value of knowing Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. Do you have the same value system?

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