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Lord; Teach Us to Pray

Book of Ephesians

A Sermon on Ephesians 2:18

For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. (ESV)

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Do your prayers ever feel useless? Why is that? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses some of the reasons our prayers can be so ineffective and takes us into Ephesians for the answers. Ephesians 2:18 states that, “through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.” This verse shows the complexity of prayer. According to Dr. Lloyd-Jones a detrimental fallacy in the church is that prayer is simple. Some people focus on the reality that we have access to God through Christ, and neglect the Spirit. They can pray with flawless doctrine, but their prayers are “useless.” “You can be absolutely orthodox but at the same time be spiritually dead.” This is one side. The other side neglects doctrine and says that all we need is the Spirit. They elevate experience and throw out doctrine. However, Dr. Lloyd-Jones notes that both right doctrine and life in the Spirit are absolutely essential. There is no other way to have access to God apart from these two. Also, nothing should be added to these doctrines. Roman Catholicism holds that Marry is a mediator, but to believe this is to go “tragically astray.”

Additional Scripture Translations

Ephesians 2:18, New American Standard Bible

18for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.

Ephesians 2:18, King James Version

18For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.