We have a request, and we should therefore bring it to God in prayer (Phil. — and a marvelous thing that Paul was not hiding his prayer in a closet, so to speak. Because he wanted to visit them so he could strengthen them, as we see in verses 10-12: “And I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you. It has been called one of the tools of Christian growth and one of the spiritual disciplines. How many of us pray, as Paul did, that our members are active in sharing their faith? Perhaps a question for us today would be this: If we were dealing with a church full of problems, would we express our thanks to God for the grace given to the church in Christ Jesus? There is an ancient mantra from church history, “As the church prays, so she believes.” Our congregation develops her view of God, the … 1:3-5, 8-11). But of ourselves, we cannot do it. We have a request, and we should therefore bring it to God in prayer (Phil. Grace Bible Church, NY. Prayer is part of each … We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”, And in 2 Thess. 1:2-3: “We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. In the event of a pastoral care emergency, please contact the parish office (801.322.5869) or clergy directly. I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong — that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Paul had a desire to visit Rome and to help the Christians there. It has been called one of the tools of Christian growth and one of the spiritual disciplines. 1:3-5, 8-11). It helped bind them together. I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ” (verses 4-6). Let’s pray for our members, and let’s let them know we are praying for them. Each member of the St. Paul’s Prayer Chain has pledged to pray for these persons daily, interceding on their behalf. Paul gives more specifics in Ephesians 3:14-21: I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. Let us storm the gates of heaven through prayer. As we grow in our understanding of Christ’s blessings, let’s share our blessings with others. Colossians 1:9b-12. Let’s go to the next epistle in the canon: “I thank my God every time I remember you. They could pray for themselves, of course, but it would really help them to know that their leader was praying for them, too, even though he was far away. We have a desire, and we have a need. Hunter, “Prayer,” Dictionary of Paul and His Letters, edited by G. Hawthorne, R. Martin and D. Reid [InterVarsity, 1993], p. 725), In Ephesians, the thanksgiving section is unusually long. Here is one pastor Paul … Am I willing to tell people that I am praying for them? Thank You for saving us and making us new creatures in Christ Jesus… Doesn’t it encourage them to pray, too? He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured” (Colossians 4:12). Paul told his people that he prayed for them continually. No doubt these insights helped the Ephesian Christians not only be encouraged by Paul’s prayers for them, but these details would help the Ephesians in their own prayers. Paul sets an interesting example for us today. i. Pastoral Prayer by Paul Meeks #17 Let's talk to the Sovereign Lord of the world and even the whole universe. Again, we see here some theology made practical. Your Word tells us that if we ask anything in his name, we know that … But if we say, “I have prayed such and such on your behalf,” it’s more credible, and more comforting. Paul prayed about his churches, and he also prayed for his churches. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe” (verses 17-19). And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God” (Phil. We don’t pray to show off or to be seen or heard by people — we pray to speak to God. Prayer: Paul’s Pastoral Prayers Prayer is an essential part of our relationship with God. There is no prayer in Titus, but it is prominent in Philemon: “I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints. He said, “I urge you … to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me” (15:30). Although most of this article is based on the prayers of Paul, a good foundation is laid in the Old Testament: In 1 Samuel 12:23, Samuel told the Israelites, “Far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you.” It would be a sin for a leader to neglect praying for his people. Our gracious and loving Heavenly Father, we come to You this morning in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Paul’s example helps us see one of the ways in which a spiritual leader serves his people. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”, And in 2 Thess. Paul’s apostolate began in prayer and, according to tradition, ended in prayer as he was martyred. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured” (Colossians 4:12). 1:8-12). I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Apart from prayer, life as a redeemed bondservant of Christ was both inconceivable and impossible. Acts 16:25). Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.”. But how often do we tell our people that we pray for them? Comfort with your presence those who are living in the shadow. Paul habitually made specific requests to God: “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. Regarding the members in Corinth, Paul also expressed thanks in his prayers: “I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus” (1 Cor. Paul is very open with the fact that he prays for his people, and he is open with some details of those prayers. Pastoral Prayer by Paul Meeks # 27 Our gracious and loving Heavenly Father, we come to you today in the name of Jesus. And remember that even though he's great and mighty, yet he's right here with us … Paul realized that what God gives us, he wants us to give to others. How often do we specify exactly what it is we are thankful for, or what specific request we are making on their behalf, what kind of spiritual growth we desire for them? In this article, I will focus on the need for leaders to pray for the people. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe” (verses 17-19). One result of sharing the faith, Paul says, is that we can grow in understanding the blessings Christ has brought to us. It must have been very encouraging for the people to realize that the apostle was praying for them, that he was thankful for them, that he wanted them to have more spiritual benefits. Unless indicated otherwise, all scripture quotations on this website are from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. People tend to go to one of two extremes when it comes to the subject of prayer. How much more willing should we be to allow our prayers to be known, especially when they are on behalf of the people of God! Part of the normal format for a Greek letter was the thanksgiving section, and most of Paul’s letters have this. Sermon by Ian Reed on Philippians 1:9-11 St Mary's Community Church, 22/11/2020 https://www.facebook.com/StMarysCommunityChurch richtoller@gmail.com If so, says pastor and author, Ray Pritchard , the ancient prayers of the Apostle Paul can help you. Paul desired to serve the church and fellowship with the church. For Paul, the Christian experience was essentially (and unceasingly) an act of prayer. Paul wanted the Roman Christians to realize that they were important to him. As Paul writes his letter to the believers in the Macedonian city of Philippi, he is facing some very difficult … And it was not just the prayer — it was Paul’s telling them that he prayed. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. That it was pushed … Sermon by Ian Reed on Colossians 1:9-12 St Mary's Community Church, 29/11/2020 https://www.facebook.com/StMarysCommunityChurch richtoller@gmail.com Give assurance. This will strengthen the church, help unify it and build it up. He mentions his thankfulness for what God had done in the readers: “For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers” (verses 15-16). Paul’s prayers are tremendously encouraging and informative. But if we say, “I have prayed such and such on your behalf,” it’s more credible, and more comforting. Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.”. God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times” (Rom. It isn’t wrong to pray in public — Jesus himself did it. Pastors should pray for their people. Paul’s prayers are not empty platitudes or vague generalities — they are specific and based in theological truth. The weekly pastoral prayer is based on by the Psalm reading for the day. Apart from prayer, life as a redeemed bondservant of Christ was both inconceivable and impossible. I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ” (verses 4-6). This is something good for us, and something worth asking God for help in doing. Note the plural here — Paul and Timothy were praying together, in prison (cf. Paul prayed about his churches, and he also prayed for his churches. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light” (Colossians 1:9-12). Pastors should pray for their people. I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong — that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Paul had a desire to visit Rome and to help the Christians there. Although Paul did not know the people he was writing to, he began his comments to them by saying that he was praying for them. The prayer list is frequently edited. God, I thank you for others. of grief, shattered by the loss of children, parents, spouses, friends, and colleagues. If we say, “I’ll pray for you,” it helps a little. In the next letter, he begins with praise: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Cor. Prayer is part of each Christian’s life, and it is part of the spiritual health of the church. INTRODUCTION. It’s interesting to observe the requests Paul makes. His whole ministry was grounded in, and developed from, prayer. Those redeemed and hence overwhelmed by the sovereign grace of the “God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,” intentionally and purposefully pour out their lives as a perpetual act of thanksgiving, ever conscious of dependence on an omnipresent and omnipotent God, as they are motivated and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Often it is just a prayer of thanks; sometimes it is also a request. The prayer helped the people feel united with Paul. We don’t pray to show off or to be seen or heard by people — we pray to speak to God. He gives us grace so that we might be gracious to others. Can I learn something from Paul’s example here? This is something good for us, and something worth asking God for help in doing. Let’s pray for our members, and let’s let them know we are praying for them. We are encouraged when we learn that people are praying for us, so it only makes sense that we can encourage them by acknowledging some of the details in which we are praying for them. Paul’s apostolate began in prayer and, according to tradition, ended in prayer as he was martyred. God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times; and I pray … He prayed for other churches, too, including the church at Rome: “I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Prayer is part of each Christian’s life, and it is part of the spiritual health of the church. 4:6). Pray that Your Pastor Clearly Sees God’s Direction. If we are mindful of how great the task is, and how small our own abilities are, we’ll find it easy to ask for help from the great Shepherd of our souls. They could pray for themselves, of course, but it would really help them to know that their leader was praying for them, too, even though he was far away. We have a duty — and it should also be a desire — to lead God’s people toward his Son. As time went on and I paid attention to what Paul prays for, my own prayers … Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Discipleship, Spiritual Growth, and Christian Living. Paul believed that prayer is necessary. We have it in our power to do some good, and we should not withhold it from the people who need it most from us. St. Paul’s Prayer List. It has been called one of the tools of Christian growth and one of the spiritual disciplines. Paul’s prayers are not empty platitudes or vague generalities — they are specific and based in theological truth. God will help us in our need. For I long to see you, that I … And they are public, for our benefit. [I ask] God to fill you with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and … Those redeemed and hence overwhelmed by the sovereign grace of the “God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,” intentionally and purposefully pour out their lives as a perpetual act of thanksgiving, ever conscious of dependence on an omnipresent and omnipotent God, as they are motivated and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Small group leaders should pray for their people. Paul wanted the Roman Christians to realize that they were important to him. No doubt these insights helped the Ephesian Christians not only be encouraged by Paul’s prayers for them, but these details would help the Ephesians in their own prayers. 1:3-4). What a marvelous prayer! In this article, I will focus on the need for leaders to pray for the people. 1:3-4: “We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing. We are encouraged when we learn that people are praying for us, so it only makes sense that we can encourage them by acknowledging some of the details in which we are praying for them. But how often do we tell our people that we pray for them? How often do we specify exactly what it is we are thankful for, or what specific request we are making on their behalf, what kind of spiritual growth we desire for them? Paul was not the only leader who prayed for his people. God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times” (Rom. Paul habitually made specific requests to God: “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. Paul realized that what God gives us, he wants us to give to others. We have a duty — and it should also be a desire — to lead God’s people toward his Son. We can be praying for things like this, making requests like this, thanking God for how he is working in our people’s lives, and letting our people know what we are praying. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. Prayer is an essential part of our relationship with God. And let us pray until the day Christ returns. Philippians 1:9-11. Christ told his disciples that he prayed for them. However, 2 Timothy begins with the more familiar pattern: “I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers” (1:3). Perhaps a question for us today would be this: If we were dealing with a church full of problems, would we express our thanks to God for the grace given to the church in Christ Jesus? When we consider the many sins that existed in the church at Corinth, we can understand why Paul would be so thankful for God’s grace. Let Our Pastor and Care Team Pray for You Submit Your Prayer Request To schedule an appointment for pastoral care or to meet with the pastor, please complete the appointment form below: Make An Appointment To add your name to our Care Team Prayer List, complete the prayer … God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. Paul is very open with the fact that he prays for his people, and he is open with some details of those prayers. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light” (Colossians 1:9-12). Quite a few years ago I memorized some of Paul’s prayers like Eph 1:17-19, Eph 3:16-21, etc. Amen. 1:8-12). His prayers focused on hearts and minds being conformed to Christ. And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God” (Phil. He didn’t let it stop him. This is for our benefit as well as for theirs. He prayed for other churches, too, including the church at Rome: “I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. And I ask myself, Am I willing to do this? He didn’t let it stop him. 1:3-4: “We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.
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