That You Do Not Lose Heart - Ephesians 3:8-21
The Apostle Paul writes to the Ephesians encouraging them to not lose heart concerning what he was going through for their sakes. He encourages them that some suffering is for the glory of God. He encourages them that in the midst of tribulations we still have boldness and confidence in prayer.
"In whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. Therefore, I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulation for you, which is your glory." Ephesians 3:12-13
Sometimes when we see a man or woman of God going through severe testing, we begin to think within ourselves, "If God is allowing this Godly person to go through this incredible suffering then what hope do I have of making it?" Understanding this, Paul not only writes to these believers but commits himself to prayer for them.
(vs.14) "For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man..."
Again, why was this man of God praying for the saints at Ephesus? Because he did not want them to "lose heart" in their own personal walk of faith.
There are certain times in which every believer will be tempted to lose heart:
When under the loving discipline of our Heavenly Father.
"My son, do not despise the discipline of the Lord, nor be discouraged (lose heart) when you are rebuked by Him..." Hebrews 12:5
When we haven't seen the Father's answer in prayer.
"And He spoke this parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart." Luke 18:1 (read Luke 18:2-8)
When we see all the terrifying things happening in this world around us.
"men's hearts failing them (losing heart) from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth,for the powers of the heavens will be shaken." Luke21:26
When satan himself is doing his best to destroy our faith in Christ.
"Simon, Simon, indeed satan has asked for you that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and, when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren." Luke 22:31-32
Jesus was saying to Simon Peter and He is saying to us, "satan is walking around as a roaring lion wanting to devour your faith, but I have prayed for you that you would not lose heart in this time of testing. Trust Me that I will bring you through this and I will use you to strengthen others who are losing heart."