Ephesians Teaching Series

This beautifully constructed letter can best be understood by paying attention to its amazing structure.

2. Eph 1:15-23 Paul's Easter Prayer — For Us!

  • If someone says ‘please pray for me’ —they would not expect you to pray this kind of prayer!
  • Yet once you understand it, it really is a remarkably powerful prayer for each one of us.

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Goal: To receive the power and victory in this prayer

Paul’s Easter Prayer — For Us!

  1. v.15-16a The Reason Paul Prayed
  2. v.16b-19 The Core of the Prayer
  3. v.19b-23 The Power Available to Us

1. v.15-16a The Reason Paul Prayed

Ephesians 1:15-23

  1. This is why, I also having heard about
your trust in the Lord Jesus
and your love for all the holy ones
  1. Never cease giving thanks for you
making mention of you in my prayers
  1. that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory
would give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.
  1. that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you will know
what is the hope of his calling
what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance: the holy ones
  1. and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe
according to the working of the might of his strength 20which he worked in Christ
raising him from the dead
and seating him at his right hand in the heavenly places
  1. far above every ruler and authority and power and dominion
and every position that exists, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
  1. And he put all things in subjection under his feet
and gave him as head over all things to the church
  1. which indeed is his body, the fullness of the one who is filling all in all.

Translation and structure by Andrew Fountain

2. v.16b-19 The Core of the Prayer

Psalm 19

  1. The laws of the Lord are right,
      making the heart glad;
    the command of the Lord is radiant,
    making the eyes light up.

v.16b-19 The Core of the Prayer

  1. What he has already done, (he has loved us and called us to be his) which leads to a certain hope
  2. What is will do in the next life, the inheritance
    But is this our inheritance?
  3. The power available to us now!

Ephesians 1:1-14

  • v.1-3 Introduces the blessing
  1. v.4-7 What God has already done in the past
  2. v.8-10 Revelation of a plan for the present
  3. v.11-14 Future inheritance

3. v.19b-23 The Power Available to Us

Key Idea

  • The power available to us who believe
  • Is the same power
  • That raised Jesus from the dead
  • And continued to raise him higher and higher
  • Yes, it’s the same power!!

Christ is higher than:

  • All Covid viruses and other health challenges
    • All immigration authorities
      • All employment agencies and H/R departments
        • All relationships
          • All finances
  • and this is very true, but it is not Paul’s primary focus here!
    • How do I know?
    1. In other letters there are parallel verses which are more specific
    2. Because this is not how he applies it later in Ephesians

Col 2 (Cross & Resurrection)

  1. Having stripped powers and authorities,
    he made a public display of them, triumphing over them in it.
  2. Therefore let no one judge you…

Col 2 Self-condemning guilt

  1. [Do not submit yourselves to:]
    self-imposed religion,
    and unsparing treatment of the body,
          but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.


  1. Ask God to enlighten the eyes of your heart so you see
    • The love and security he has called you into
    • The incredible richness of your future
    • The power available to you
  2. Ask God to help you walk in the truth of your true status
    • Your beloved in higher than the highest
    • Don’t tell yourself lies, or allow others to tell you them
  3. Focus on what God wants you to do, and you have nothing to fear!
Last updated on 9 Apr 2023
Published on 9 Apr 2023