Sunday, October 2: One
It’s been said that, “Prayer is the point at which heaven and earth share contiguous borders, where we take counsel with God on matters of eternal importance.”We often forget that, don’t we? Either that, or we don’t believe it. But the Apostle Paul believed it. When it came to prayer he was “all in.” He even went so far as to pray in his letters, and we find a perfect example in his correspondence to the church in Ephesus.
The whole first chapter of Ephesians, in fact, is essentially a prayer. First, he reaches for the Milky Way in a prayer that blesses God for blessing us with “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms.” Then, on the heels of his glorious benediction, he adds a personal prayer for his friends.
Apparently, some good news had made its way to Rome about the little church he had planted in Asia Minor a decade before. When he hears how well his friends are doing his first response is to make a “run for the border” between heaven and earth. What Paul prays for them is instructive for us. See you on Sunday.
Ephesians, next to Philippians (. . . everybody loves Philippians) is my all-time favorite book. So looking forward to this series!!!! Thanks for the great messages archives!!
Ah – this – my second time through this sermon!
I loved the “glove” analogy. I told John after the service that it made sense to me in this way – that since it’s God’s Love, that we could remember it (G)od’s Love – or (G)Love. We, His people, are the empty glove that the Holy Spirit fills and empowers, so that we can be His hands to do His will and share His love!