Much More! (Part 3) by Carol McLeod

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Much More! (Part 3)
Series: Much More!
Carol McLeod

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Paul … the man who had hunted down Christians to murder them

            Now loved Jesus … He believed in Jesus as Messiah!

Paul who had been born into every advantage and benefit

            That the Jewish culture could offer

Laid it all aside for the sake of the call of Christ Jesus

He loved the church at Ephesus - sent letter from Roman prison cell

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father …” - Eph. 3:14

What is the reason that Paul bows his knees before the Father?

            What is it that drives Paul to his knees in prayer?

Read the verse before in order to fight out his reasoning –

            He states his reason and then He says … I am on my knees

“Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory.” - Ephesians 3:13

Paul was concerned that the church at Ephesus would lose heart

            Because Paul was in prison

Paul wanted the believers whom he loved so dearly –

            Not to become bitter, grieved or disheartened simply because

                        Paul was in chains

Paul was in prison for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ –

            And he refused to allow church to lose faith over His trial

A trial can cause you to lose your vibrant faith

            It is easy to lose heart when you are going through hard time

                        Or someone you love is going through a difficult time

Paul says don’t do it! Don’t lose heart!

Prayer is an integral part of assaulting the principalities and

            Powers that attempt to discourage us and embitter us

And so like Paul … I bow my 58 year old knees on your behalf ..

            I pray for those under my watch …

Some commentators believe that Paul was in ...

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