Text: Philippians 1; 1 Chronicles 7-8
I once had a pastor who offered a wonderful challenge. He told us that we should learn to pray the prayers found in the New Testament “epistles” (letters). Here is a great example from Philippians:
And 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 1:9-11)
Our pastor also challenged us to regularly pray these prayers for others, especially our brothers and sisters in Christ. This prayer brings the idea of love that “abounds” – full and abundant, overflowing and blessing. It speaks to knowledge and discernment – the ingredients for great decisions in life. It asks for a life that moves beyond good, better and best to that which is most “excellent”. This prayer also asks for purity of life, and the “fruit of righteousness” – all of the good that God affords those who follow Him wholeheartedly. Might you pray this prayer for yourself? Ask me and I will pray it for you. And as we pray, we can expect answers. The Lord approves these words – they are God’s very own.
in Him, Mike