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Lifted-Discovering the Art of Worship: Pray
August 11, 2019

Lifted-Discovering the Art of Worship: Pray

We are coming to the end of our summer series! In the last sermon of Lifted-Discovering the Art of Worship, the title is Pray. Prayer is our focus in 2019. To emphasize this focus, we have begun a ministry of prayer teams that are available to pray with people after each worship service. Prayer and worship are directly connected. Prayer is also a spiritual habit which can encourage our hearts, touch the lives of others, and transform us. If we desire our lives to be lifted emotionally, spiritually, and relationally, prayer is an essential ingredient! This week, we turn to a prayer of the Apostle Paul for the Ephesian church. In Ephesians 1:15-23, Paul expresses his concern for this church and prays for them, but he also helps us to understand the power of prayer for our lives. As you read Ephesians 1:15-23, ask God to lift your heart and spirit into his presence! Ephesians 1:15-23:15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God's people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. (NIV)

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