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Session 7

For this Reason

Read: Ephesians 1, Psalm 7

Knowing that God is the all–powerful, all–knowing, Sovereign Lord of the Universe, should make us pray more, not less.

Ephesians one tells us that God has chosen us and has given us every blessing in Christ. Later, Paul says, “For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” Paul acknowledges that God is all–powerful and all–knowing and yet he continues to pray for the people.

Many would say, “If God is all–powerful and all–knowing, why pray?” The answer to that is, “If God is all–powerful and all–knowing, why wouldn't we pray?” Does it make more sense that we would pray to a limited, finite god or to an all–powerful, all–knowing God? Which one can intervene into our circumstance and do the miraculous? Is God in heaven wringing His hands with worry, waiting the outcome of events set in motion by another more powerful entity? Or, is He the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Living and Awe–producing God who is acting with deliberate purpose?
How would our prayer–life change if we really believed God can do something about our impossible situation? How would our prayers be altered if we knew that our situation is part of God's plan and purpose?

The problem is that we have made prayer all about us instead of Him. It's not about our grocery list of needs and wants; the point of prayer must be God and His purpose. Today, begin your time with Jesus with this prayer: “Lord, how can I get involved in Your purpose and plan? How can I know You better? Would You help me know the hope to which You have called me and the great power available to me through Jesus?”

It is for this reason that we pray.


1

Sent Not from Men

Sent Not from Men

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2

Crucified Life

Crucified Life

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3

You Are All One

You Are All One

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4

Sons and Daughters

Sons and Daughters

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5

Keep in Step

Keep in Step

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6

Weary

Weary

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7

For this Reason

For this Reason

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8

Making Payments

Making Payments

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9

Rooted and Established

Rooted and Established

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10

Member

Member

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11

Forgive

Forgive

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12

Stand Your Ground

Stand Your Ground

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13

Simple Ways a Christian Can Navigate Through Suffering, Part I

Simple Ways a Christian Can Navigate Through Suffering, Part I

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14

Simple Ways a Christian Can Navigate Through Suffering, Part II

Simple Ways a Christian Can Navigate Through Suffering, Part II

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15

Perseverance

Perseverance

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16

Joy

Joy

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17

Potential

Potential

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18

Rooted

Rooted

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19

Make the Most

Make the Most

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20

Well-Seasoned

Well-Seasoned

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21

Packed with Purpose

Packed with Purpose

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22

He’s Returning. Live Like It!

He’s Returning. Live Like It!

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23

Love Is All You Need

Love Is All You Need

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24

Living on a Prayer

Living on a Prayer

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25

Training for Battle

Training for Battle

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26

Out of This World!

Out of This World!

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27

It’s Who You Know, Not What You Know

It’s Who You Know, Not What You Know

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28

Livin’ by the Good Book

Livin’ by the Good Book

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29

Soundness or Sickness?

Soundness or Sickness?

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30

Useless Without the Gospel

Useless Without the Gospel

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