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God’s Plan Involves Power      Eph. 1:15-23      Sept. 12, 2010


Introduction

I heard this recently about the famous evangelist, Billy Sunday. He advised new Christians to pray to

the Lord 15 minutes a day, read the Bible 15 minutes a day, and seek to witness 15 minutes a day. I would say that is a very good plan and would increase the knowledge about the power of God for a believer. We all need to be more aware that God’s Plan Involves Power.


 

1.   There Is Power Through . . Persistent Prayer. 1:15-17

       A.   Persistent Prayer Of . . Thanks Encourages The Power Of God. 1:15-16

15 This is why, since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 I never

stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.

 

       B.   Persistent Prayer For . . Thoughts For Wisdom Encourages The Power Of God. 1:17

17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you a spirit of wisdom

       and revelation in the knowledge of Him.


       If you asked one hundred dedicated evangelical Christians where the source of Christian Power lays; I think they would say. “In the obedience To The Word of God and Prayer.” In my opinion very few Christian are Persistent in Prayer. Paul said, “I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.” I am ashamed of how spasmodic I am in my prayer life. I am better than in earlier Christian life as I thought you could pray when you could not do anything else. I would be busy working and asking sentence prayers. Today I know better. Paul also speaks about his prayer of persistent prayer of thanks. He also wanted the Ephesians to thinking clearly and to learn about the spirit of wisdom and receive further revelation from our Lord. Education and learning might be attained but wisdom is the gift of God. All of us need to regularly pray for wisdom.


       

2.   There Is Power In . . Petitioning God For Others. 1:18-19

       A.   Petitioning Prayer Concerning Our . . Inheritance Opens The Door To Power. 1:18

18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling,

what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints,

 

       B.   Petitioning Prayer Concerning His . . Immeasurable Power Opens The Door To Power. 1:19

              and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of

       His vast strength.


       Do you pray for others? Specifically do you pray for newer Christians? Newer Christians require a knowledge about the inheritance we receive in Christ. We older Christians need a refresher course so we will further understand the power of God in our lives. There is a comfortable feeling in knowing the eternal life is ours through the work of Christ. I think there is power in knowing I don’t have to work it up or keep it but it is mine in Christ. He keeps it and empowers me to live for Him. How do you measure something that is immeasurable? A professor 40 years ago told me he had not seen an atom, but he could see what it did. I told him I had not seen God but I sure could see what he did. To me it shows wisdom to believe in God. We believe the evidences of His power or beyond measurement.





 

 

3.   There Is Power In The . . Placement Of Christ At The Right Hand Of God. 1:20-23

       A.   The Placement Of Christ . . Demonstrates The Power Of God. 1:20-21

20 He demonstrated this power in the Messiah by raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His

       right hand in the heavens— 21 far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every title

       given, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

 

       B.   The Placement Of Christ . . Dictated By The Power Of God. 1:22-23

22 And He put everything under His feet and appointed Him as head over everything for the church,

       23 which is His body, the fullness of the One who fills all things in every way. HCSB


       Where is Christ right now? He is seated at the right hand of God. Who placed Him there? God the Father did! No one will ever remove Him from that place of Power. God raised Jesus and set Him in the position of power. Did you ever need a salesperson and could not find them? Did you ever need a policeman and could not find one? Did you ever hear the statement, when you need on you can’t find one. Jesus is always available and properly positioned at the throne. This position was dictated by the Father. He knew in advance Christ would be need to intercede for us in our prayers. We are told He prays for us, and that is further the reason for His placement at the right hand of God. We know God’s Plan Involves Power. Amen? Amen!