A Guided Prayer Experience
based on Paul's letter to the Ephesians


A guided prayer experience can be very meaningful and inspiring, and this was certainly the case last Sunday at Crossroads Amsterdam. We'd reached Ephesians 6:17-19 in our series through this epistle. Rather than simply teaching about prayer, Daniel de Wit asked me to share the alloted sermon time with him by facilitating a time of corporate prayer.

The 15 minute guided prayer served two purposes. It provided a way for us to pray corporately which utilized a variety of voices and ways of praying in a short amount of time. It also acted as a review of the book of Ephesians as we brought our study to a close. Paul's own marvelous prayers from the epistle provided content for our own prayers, as did the big line of his teaching.

The guided prayer experience is made up of five parts. The themes and components are in the outline. Feel free to adapt and use for your setting.

Honour God for who he is and hunger to know him

Scriptures referenced:
Paul's prayer Ephesians 1:3, 20
Prayer:
Facilitator prays, based on Paul's prayer
Projected text:
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. 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 people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1: 17-19

See ourselves clearly and with humility

Scripture referenced:
Ephesians 2:1-9 (the core idea as an introduction to confession)
Prayer of Confession:
Spoken in unision and followed by silent reflection
Projected text:
O Lord, I have heard a good word inviting me to You and to be satisfied. My heart longs to respond, but sin has clouded my vision till I see You but dimly. Be pleased to cleanse me in Your own precious blood, and make me inwardly pure, so that I may gaze upon You all the days of my life. Then will I be prepared to behold You in full splendor in the day when You appear. A.W. Tozer (from The Pursuit of God)

Empowered by Love

Prayer:
Facilitator closes time of silent confession with a prayer based upon Paul's prayer.
Projected text:
I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:16-19

A short explanation follows which links the knowledge of the love of God to the instructions which follow in Ephesians 4 an 5. It is a deepening knowledge of God's love which empowers us to live like we love him....

Prayer for 'loving living'

Scripture referenced:
Ephesians 4 and 5
Projected text:
Unity, Reconciled relationships, Holiness, Purity, Reflect Christ, Be Spirit-filled, Mutual submission, Obedience in life roles: spouse, parent, son or daughter, employee/employer
Prayer:
All, silent. Choose one topic and talk with God about it in the quiet of your heart.

Prayer for God's indwelling strength

Scripture referenced:
Ephesians 6:10-17
Projected text:
Patrick's Breatplate Prayer (a portion)
Prayer:
Spoken by all. We stood and declared the power of God available to us.



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