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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)

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 The Doctor 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, The Doctor 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.”