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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.
Paul's prayer Ephesians 1:3, 20
Facilitator prays, based on Paul's prayer
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
Ephesians 2:1-9 (the core idea as an introduction to confession)
Prayer of Confession:
Spoken in unision and followed by silent reflection
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)
Facilitator closes time of silent confession with a prayer based upon Paul's prayer.
I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lords people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledgethat 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....
Ephesians 4 and 5
Unity, Reconciled relationships, Holiness, Purity, Reflect Christ, Be Spirit-filled, Mutual submission, Obedience in life roles: spouse, parent, son or daughter, employee/employer
All, silent. Choose one topic and talk with God about it in the quiet of your heart.
Patrick's Breatplate Prayer (a portion)
Spoken by all. We stood and declared the power of God available to us.
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