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Paul's Prayers for God's People

An excerpt of an article by Sid Buzzell

Paul wrote four prayers to churches and they reveal crucial facts about his deepest concern for God’s people.  In Paul’s letters he told people what he knew they needed to hear. But some things were so important that he didn’t just talk to people about them; he also talked to God about them.

When we read Paul’s prayers, we are reading his deepest concerns—we’re reading about what he believed were the “Highest Goods for God’s people.”

As you read Paul’s prayers it becomes clear that Paul passionately wants us to understand with all knowledge and wisdom what God says matters most. But notice that Paul didn’t name any one single “Highest Good” for our Spiritual pursuit.

Paul’s Prayer for the Philippians: 1:9-11


And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

Paul’s First Prayer for the Ephesians: 1:17-19


I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power.

Paul’s Second Prayer for the Ephesians: 3:16-19


I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Paul’s Prayer for the Colossians: 1:9-12


we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.

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