Apostle Paul's Prayer Thesis Statement

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Introduction Much like a father desires to see his newborn child grow and live a healthy life, the Apostle Paul desires to see his audience of newborn believers grow and live a spiritually healthy life. In Ephesians 1:15-23, the Apostle prays his audience would grow in godly wisdom, and in revelation in the knowledge of Christ; he also desires for his audience to be used by God and to know their value in Him, which was brought about through the death and resurrection of Christ. In essence, Paul’s prayer consists of three parts: thanksgiving, petitions, and praise. Authorship, Date, and Purpose
The text names Apostle Paul as the author (Eph. 1:1). Although the text is clear, some scholars have questioned Pauline authorship; however, these claims are insufficient in comparison to the claims of the text and the general acceptance of Pauline
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1:19). This passage contains a contextual detail affected by the circular hypothesis. According to Merida, many Ephesian believers formerly participated idol worship, the practice of magic, astrology (as it relates to one’s personality), and emperor worship. Therefore, if one subscribes to original Ephesian recipients, one is likely to understand this phrase as a statement of God’s power over false gods and believers. However, if one subscribes to the circular hypothesis, one is likely to interpret this phrase to mean the author desires for the audience to experience the power of God working in (and through) them. While both interpretations can be true regardless of the recipients, the latter fits best within the immediate context and the context of the Paul’s writing throughout the epistle. Therefore, the focus is on the Paul’s desire for the audience to understand God’s power working in a spiritually inanimate object to bring about the consummation of His eternal
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