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Ephesians Series - Part IX - Paul's Prayer for Believers

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Ephesians Series - Part IX - Paul's Prayer for Believers

Ephesians 1:15-23

Paul begins to thank God for the believers who would be reading this letter.  Not only the Ephesians, but those residing in the churches the letter would be circulated to and to those of us 2000 years removed who would also be reading this epistle.

Paul heard of the “faith” of the Ephesians.  He wasn’t referring to the faith that they had when they first believed; that would be great in and of itself but he heard of the faith that they were currently living out… the day by day faith they exercised in the Lord Jesus for daily living.

It’s not enough to say that you trusted in the Lord to save you.  If that is true you ought to be trusting in the Lord day by day to keep you and to use you.

Paul not only thanked the Lord for the “daily faith” of the Ephesian church, he was grateful to God for their “love toward all the saints”.  Love here at the end of verse 15 is the word agape.  It is the love Romans 5:5 tells us that is poured out in the hearts of believers by the indwelling Holy Spirit.  It is the love that Galatians 5:23 tells us is the fruit produced in the believer who is filled or controlled by the Holy Spirit.