1. Looking at verses 14-16a, how would you describe Paul's approach to God in this prayer?
2. Looking at verses 16b-19, what is the substance of his prayer? What is the ultimate goal he has in mind as he prays?
3. The sermon identifies two common responses to feeling distant from God: getting on the spiritual treadmill of performance, and wandering away from God further. Which of these describes your tendency? What do you normally do when you feel distant from God?
4. The sermon identifies four practices (prayer, Bible intake, spiritual friendship, and the Lord's Table) meant to nurture our sense of closeness with God. How is your current practice in these areas? What benefit are you receiving? What challenges are you experiencing?
5. The ultimate hope for our closeness with God is the Gospel promise that God actually comes to dwell inside of us. How is that challenging or disruptive for how you currently think of yourself? How is that comforting for you today?
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.