How did Paul pray?

by Brenda Kuseski

God always hears His people when we pray, but sometimes we drift into lifeless, rote prayers:  lists of people who are sick or in need, family members we want protected, and missionaries and church people  we want God to watch over.  Our vision is focused on the narrow circle of those we know and can name, and mostly on their physical needs.  There’s nothing wrong with those things, but we should let the Spirit enlarge our prayers.  In his book,  Praying Like Paul, Jonathan Graf encourages us to pray like Paul—with God’s perspective on what His children really need.  Don’t look at Paul’s prayers as history, only applying to his experiences.  Pray these prayers for those you know, because the Word is alive and powerful, and these blessings are available today:

 Ephesians 1:17-18—A spirit of wisdom and revelation
Ephesians 3:16-21—The power of Christ evident in our lives, revealing the depth of His love

1 Thessalonians 1:2—3—Gratitude for believers

Colossians 1:9-14—Knowledge of God’s will
Romans 10:1—For Israel to be saved

1 Timothy 1:17—Prayer of praise
1 Thessalonians 5:23—Sanctification
Romans 15:13—That believers be filled with joy and peace
2 Corinthians 13:7—10—Wisdom to do what is right
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12—Fulfill every good purpose
Philippians 1:9—11—That love may abound
2 Thessalonians 3:5—Direct your hearts into love and perseverance
Colossians 4:12 —Standing firm in the will of God
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13—That love would increase and overflow to others
Romans 15:5-6—Unity
Philemon 6—That believers would be active in sharing faith
2 Thessalonians 2:16—17—That believers would be encouraged and strengthened
Colossians 1:3-4—Gratitude to God for the faith of your fellow believers

 This week, look up these Scriptures, and turn them into your prayers for those you know, for our city, nation, and for this world. 

Becky WarnerComment