Before the Session

Facilitator: In advance of the session

  • Review today’s scripture text and the session activities to help better facilitate the discussion.
  • Have the Bible Background Video ready to view.
  • Encourage your group to listen to the Faithelement podcast ahead of the next session (Share the link via email or social media)


Tell the group: Today’s passage is a prayer – Paul writes his prayer for the believers in Ephesus, so they will know what he desires for them. These kinds of prayers can be powerful and effective. Ask:

  • How do you typically pray?
  • For what kinds of things do you tend to pray most often and why?
  • If you’re comfortable, share a little about a prayer you heard that was particularly meaningful or moving and why it was so powerful for you?
  • Why is it different when someone says to you, “I’m praying for you,” than when they actually pray aloud with you?
  • In what situations do you believe that group prayer or individual prayer is more significant and why?


Read together Ephesians 3:14-21 then watch the Bible Background Video.


Then ask questions like these:

  • Why do you think the writer chose to speak of God in this manner?
  • From where do you think the power mentioned in verse 16 will come, and where will the readers experience it?
  • Why do you think the writer chose this prayer, rather than to ask God, for instance, to convict them of their sinfulness; strike their persecutors; point out weaknesses in their church’s doctrine; or give them resources to withstand persecution?
  • In which of your Bible favorite stories did God bring about an outcome that was different and better than anyone could imagine?
  • When have you had an overwhelming sense of God’s love for you?

  • In what ways does being loved make a difference in your life?


Continue by asking questions like these:

  • At what point have you had a sudden realization of someone’s love for you, or when you’ve been surprised to realize your love for someone else?
  • Why is it important to know that we are loved by others?
  • Why, then, is it also important to express our love for others – and what can that expression look like?
  • Who in your life might benefit from being reminded of God’s love for them, and given the times in which we live, how can we do that in a positive way?
  • What situations in your life seem hopeless – and how might you already foresee God working to bring about an unexpected outcome?

Close with prayer.



Writer: Jon Parks

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