How did the Apostle Paul pray and do you pray like Paul prayed? Could his prayers become a model for your own?
Many today are more concerned about being politically correct or not offending someone with the truth just as they were in Jeremiah’s time (see our Old Testament reading). While we are to speak the truth in love, we are still to speak the truth. So let’s allow the words of our mouths, whether in prayer or in conversation, speak what is pleasing to God.
Jeremiah 5 & 6
Do you pray like Paul prayed?
What do your prayers look like?
This chapter contains one of the four great prayers of the Apostle Paul:
9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God (vss. 9-10).
In Ephesians 1.17-19 he prayed:
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.
In Ephesians 3.16-19 he prayed:
16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
And in Philippians 1.9-11 he prayed:
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
These and other prayers and passages of Scripture can be great models for our own prayers. There’s great power in praying God’s Word, because when we do, we’re praying His perfect will. God, through the prophet Isaiah, said:
10 “The rain and snow come down from the heavens
and stay on the ground to water the earth.
They cause the grain to grow,
producing seed for the farmer
and bread for the hungry.
11 It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it (Is. 55.10-11).
How do you pray? Do you ever pray the Scripture back to God? Do you find yourself praying for spiritual growth or is your focus mostly on other things?
While it’s not wrong to pray for health, finances, or other material blessings, Paul’s primary concern was the spiritual well-being of those for whom he prayed. How might God be calling you to pray more like Paul?
Today’s Other Readings:
“Though they say, ‘As the LORD lives,’ surely they swear falsely” (Jer. 5.2).
Sadly, there are many people who attend church, may even be involved in ministry, and who say all the right things. Their conversation is peppered with “praise the Lord” and other “Christian-ese,” but they swear falsely.
When they toss around God’s name merely to look spiritual, they are, actually, using the Lord’s name in vain. And “… are foolish for they do not know the way of the Lord …” (5.6). Jesus said it this way; Continue reading