What some of us need to hear most is simply a reminder to stop and pray for the ones we love. But if we do pray for them, what we pray really matters. And we often ask God for less than we should. At least I know that I myself have sometimes asked for less than I should — for my wife, my son, my parents, my church family. When we think to pray for others we love, our minds can default to practical, earthly concerns — that God would guard or improve their health and safety, or that he would prosper what they do at work, or that he would protect our relationship with them, or for whatever other daily or weekly needs that immediately come to mind.
Prayers like these, while good and even important, fall short of the mountain-moving prayers we might pray — prayers like the apostle Paul prayed. Think about that. From his thirteen letters, we know literally dozens of ways Paul prayed for Christians, and yet he never asks God to change their circumstances. Yet that is what many of us pray for most.
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Why do we default to smaller prayers for circumstances, rather than praying for the bigger, deeper, longer-lasting spiritual realities under what we see and experience? For many reasons, of course, but we can try to isolate a couple. First, smaller prayers come easier. We naturally, even apart from knowing Christ, think and worry about health, work, safe travel, and relational conflict. Even those who hate God may wish a good life for one another. Big, Paul-like prayers, however, do not come naturally. God-hating people do not stumble into prayers like these. To pray these prayers with real focus, desperation, and hope requires the Spirit to work that focus, desperation, and hope in us.
He opens our eyes to the awesome and terrifying realities below our everyday circumstances. If we pray for someone to heal, they may get better in just days or weeks. If we pray for someone to travel safely, we know how God answered in a matter of hours. If we pray for a successful interview, we can find out very soon how it went.
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But if we pray for God to make a brother more like Jesus, we may not see real, reliable fruit for years. If we pray for God to protect our child from Satan and all his temptations, we likely will not witness thousands of ways he has done it. Big prayers require more grace, more faith, and more effort because spiritual realities do not naturally come to mind, and because the answers to bigger prayers are often harder to recognize — at least for now.
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Because Paul wrote to churches, almost all of the prayers we have in his letters are for believers. We can be sure he prayed persistently and passionately, with many tears, for the lost Romans —3; Philippians — Prayer is one of the most powerful, most thoughtful, most loving things we can do for those we love.
And the most powerful, thoughtful, and loving prayer we can pray for others is that they would enjoy more of God. Paul prays,. Because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened.
Ephesians — Because he had heard of their faith, he prayed for them to see God. Do you pray like that for believers you love?
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We need fresh grace to enjoy God again today. If God has answered our first prayer for those we love, that grace will begin to show in their love for people. It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Philippians — Paul appeals to God for this kind of extraordinary, contagious, full-to-overflowing love elsewhere as well 1 Thessalonians —13; Romans —6. He did not assume that followers of Christ would love one another well. He asked God to make them more and more loving.
When we go to pray for our spouse, our children, our church family, our neighbors, these are two great pillar prayers: God, open their eyes wider and wider to you, and fill their hearts to overflowing with love for people. Our prayers for one another should begin with a growing love for God, and an overflowing love for people, but Paul does not settle for those two great prayers.
He climbs other mountains in prayer for those he loves. He prays for spiritual wisdom and understanding:. We have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
Colossians — We will not walk in a manner worthy of God merely because we want to. We need God to teach us how. That we want to and why we want to matter massively to God, but we still have to learn to walk.
However far along we are, the next steps require spiritual wisdom and insight, not just human discipline and resolve, so we pray and ask God for what we need to know now. The commission Jesus left for us could not have been clearer Matthew — We may forget it or neglect it in seasons of our lives, but it will not be because the charge is ambiguous. God calls every follower of Jesus to win followers for Jesus, and teach them to obey all that Jesus has said. To this end, Paul writes,. They are a true blessing to the family unit and I ask that as they are now young adults, help them to not be swayed by peer pressure and social media, but I pray that their hearts will be focused on You.
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Lord give them spiritual wisdom and insight that they may grow in their knowledge of You. Help them also to understand the incredible greatness of Your power; this we ask, Amen. But in the Name of Jesus, I pray that You will rescue them from the kingdom of darkness and transfer them into the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins, Amen. Ephesians Dear Lord, we pray against the spirit of gang crime and murder that is roaming our city and land. We pray for our grown sons that they will refrain from being influenced by Satanic spirits.seodownvolkteni.ml
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Let no corrupt talk come out of their mouths, but only such as is good for building up, that it may give grace to those who hear. Bless them with Your love and peace in this season, Amen. Job Oh Lord, thank You for family and thank You for our grown sons who have now departed the family home.
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