Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

Reconciled to God and to Each Other, Part 20 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #189)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians.

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”

I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 3:14-16:

14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

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Lester Roloff said, “I see no hope for a revival among God’s people today. They are so enamored and so cluttered up with Hollywood and newspapers and magazines and parties and bowling alleys and camping trips and everything else. How in the world are they going to get still long enough to see anything from God?”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Where are the eternity-conscious believers? Where are the souls white-hot for God because they fear His holy name and presence and so live with eternity’s values in view?”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The great size of the crowd in attendance at the little chapel that evening couldn’t hinder the deep commitment of these believers to this distinctive expression of worship. Neither could the ethnic differences between the German and English people who were present prevent them from having fellowship together. In fact, the sixty people at Fetter Lane knew each other well. Surprisingly few details are known about the meeting that night. The love feast was observed and no doubt enjoyed by those who had gathered. Most likely a passage from the Scriptures or some religious book was read publicly in the meeting. Perhaps one or more in the group exhorted the others from the Scriptures. These activities were common in Moravian meetings, but that night all of them were but a shadow of the one event that the great evangelist Whitefield would later describe as ‘a Pentecostal season indeed.””

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In his expounding on the unity of all believers in Christ, Paul has thus far remained focused on that unity as it is present on earth. Now, in verse 15, he elevates the discussion of the mystery into an entirely different dimension. He says, “I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.” He is still talking about the whole family — the whole body of believers — but not just those believers on earth. He is talking about those believers in Heaven too.

Talk about an extended family! Believers alive on earth today are related to the believers who have died and gone on to glory. Our family ties to other believers run deeper than our ties to blood relatives. The ties that bind us cross the barriers of life and death, time and eternity, earth and heaven. That is the power of the blood of Jesus.

John MacArthur said “the whole family in earth and heaven” “refers to the saints of every age — those now in heaven and those still remaining on earth. They are the only ones who legitimately derive their names from God the Father. Christians are no more or less the children of God than were believing Israelites, as well as believing Gentiles, before the coming of Christ. Every family of believers is a part of the one spiritual family of God, in which there are many members but only one Father and one brotherhood.”

This realization should encourage us in our walk with Christ today. Millions of our brothers and sisters have already crossed from here to Heaven. They are even now on the other side awaiting the day when we will arrive. Heaven is not a cold, distant reality. It is a place of warmth, of family, and of friendship. It is a place where all of those who call God “Father” will live in joy and peace for eternity.

Let’s pray.

Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Just pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. I will be sharing more on the matter of salvation in the next segment of our service which starts in about 5 minutes.

Revival Prayer List

PRAY FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES

Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

— Marc in Israel
for safety of Christians in Israel and the Church of Tabgha congregation

— Henry in New Delhi, India
bless his ministry with big gatherings and huge offerings

— Pastor L. V
bless their Gospel work and service to others

— Dottie in Louisiana
for total grace, mercy, peace; for her daughters, grandchildren and their relationship; for her grandson to be healed from speech impediment

— Audrey in Archer, FL
for her grandson, Rashad, to find a good job so that he can take care of his wife and baby and for his salvation

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PRAY FOR CHURCH LEADERS

Paul said in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

Leaders of the Church of the Nazarene

Kimberly LeGrand
Anthony Manswell
Barbara Manswell
Steve Pettit
Amanda Pettit
Carol Rittenhouse
Bernie Slingerland
Rhonda Slingerland
Eliezel Soto Casado
Tammy Soto Casado

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PRAY FOR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS

1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE CABINET MEMBERS

Steve Emery
Larry Zimmerman
Tony Venhuizen
Nathan Sanderson
Jim Seward
Matt Konenkamp
Liza Clark
Kelsey Pritchard
Patrick Weber
Kelsey Smith