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06-30-13-Closing The Gap

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Smart Prayers: Close the Gap 
Ephesians 3:14-21

 

Two Vital Truths

 

Smart prayers honestly acknowledge the gap between truth and reality.

 

Smart prayers humbly and confidently ask God to close the gap between truth and reality.

 

 

LOOKING BACK

Smart Prayers: Close the Gap
Ephesians 3:14-21

 

Paul’s smart prayer provides us with an example of how to deal with the gap that exists between the great truths of salvation in Jesus Christ and our real life experience. This prayer guides us to see how prayer is the means to work the truth into our hearts so that it becomes a living reality in our lives.

 

Thinking It Through

All knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.       

~Johann Wolfgang Van Goethe

 

Live truth instead of professing it.

                   ~Elbert’s Hubbard

 

Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.

~C.S. Lewis

 

                  

Living It Out

1.    How honest are you about the gap in your life?

2.    How humble are you in asking God to close the gap?

3.    How will you use this smart prayer to shape your own prayer life?

LOOKING AHEAD

Smart Prayers: When I’m Weak…I’m Strong?
2 Corinthians 12:7-10

 

We live in a world where power and strength are admired and praised. However, if we are honest with ourselves more often than not we feel out of control and weak. How does God view our weakness? The answer might surprise you as we look at 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 where Paul demonstrates a smart prayer in the midst of weakness.

 

Looking It Up

 

1.    Notice the repeated phrase in v.7.

 2.    Did Paul do anything to get the “thorn in the flesh”?

  3.    Notice Paul’s repetitive prayer cycle mentioned in v.8.

 4.    Often times we view God as having two answers to our prayers, yes and no. Notice God’s response to Paul in v.9. How does that differ from a simple yes or no?

 5.    What is Paul’s reason for being so willing to embrace his weakness in v.9? What about our human nature makes it so hard to embrace weakness?

 6.     Read Matthew 26:36-46. What are some of the similarities between this passage and 2 Corinthians 12:7-10?

 7.     Who is the ultimate focus for Paul’s willingness to push through his weakness and enabler for him to find joy in it? (v.10)

 

 

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