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Praying to the Father

Book of Ephesians

A Sermon on Ephesians 3:14-15

Prayer for Spiritual Strength

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, (ESV)

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How important is prayer? Why then do we pray so little? Have you stopped to think about these two things? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones stresses the importance of prayer and how we pray from Paul’s example here to the Ephesians in chapter 3 verses 14-15. Dr. Lloyd-Jones discusses prayer in three important principles from this passage. First, it is important to see here that the apostle Paul is praying for the Ephesians. Even in the midst of his imprisonment he is praying. Prayer is a vital necessity for every believer in every circumstance. Second, Dr. Lloyd-Jones asks us to look at the manner in which Paul is praying. He is praying with reverence. Though he has just mentioned earlier in the chapter that we can come to God in prayer with boldness he shows here a heart of humility in how he approaches God in prayer. We should be careful to evaluate how we are coming to God in prayer. It is not necessarily about our outward posture, but our inward posture, are we humbled in spirit before our Holy God when we come to Him in prayer? Lastly, Dr. Lloyd-Jones points out the importance for Paul’s description of God here in the passage. He speaks of Him as being the Father of all. Jews and Gentiles alike are now fellow heirs, children of God, bearing the name of God and addressing Him as their Father.

Additional Scripture Translations

Ephesians 3:14-15, New American Standard Bible

14For this reason I bend my knees before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,

Ephesians 3:14-15, King James Version

14For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

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.