The Father of Glory
A Sermon on Ephesians 1:17
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, (ESV)
Prayer is central to every believers life and critical to our discipleship and worship. However, we often feel ashamed to talk about our personal prayer life. We read books and manuals on prayer, hoping to find the perfect solution to our fickle prayer life. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones argues that questions found in books on prayer often miss the point. Christians must not focus on form or saying the most beautiful words they can think of. Nor should Christians simply telegraph their petitions in a sentence or two. Instead we must remember. Recollect, pause, and remember, as the Apostle Paul does, whom we are speaking to. Paul, in just one verse, notes in his prayer that he is praying to the God with whom he has a covenant relationship. The God of the incarnate Son. Not an unknown god, but the God revealed through the Lord Jesus Christ. This God is the source of all glory. He is the glorious One, who gives glory, not only to the Son, but to His people. When we remember who we are praying to before we begin, we will, indeed, find little trouble engaging in the greatest activity any human being can do: speak to God!