PRAYERS BY PAUL, PRAYER STUDY, 19.11.19

Study Paul’s prayers and develop a new level of appreciation for prayer. You will attain to a higher level of prayer when you begin to pray as Paul prayed.

One of the things that will surely occur, is that your prayers will become far less me-centred, and far more focussed on others. 

With every prayer Paul says, there is a component of intercession.

With every prayer Paul says, there is also a primary focus on spiritual growth. You certainly won’t find Paul praying for things. You will not discover what assets he acquired as blessings; but you will discover many spiritual blessings, for Paul said of his life:

I CORINTHIANS 4:11-13:

 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 

12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 

13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Paul could say these things because he lived out that which he taught. When he said to his disciples:

PHILIPPIANS 4:

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 

7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

He wasn’t just blowing hot air; he lived this out. He did rejoice in the Lord, regardless of what was going on. Recall how Paul and Silas responded after being thrown into a Roman prison for preaching the Gospel of Christ:

ACTS 16:

23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 

24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.

You see, Paul didn’t expect his followers to be able to do anything that he himself had not done. Instead, he used every experience, and test of faith to assist others to do likewise.

Because God’s PEACE was guarding their hearts and minds, instead of fretting fussing, and being anxious and afraid, Paul and Silas were able to do exactly as he had instructed his people – i.e., rejoice always (Phil.4:4).

Paul taught them, also, to live lives of purity, prepared for God’s service:

2 TIMOTHY 2:

 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 

22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

No wonder Paul prayed for his followers in such a way that would enable them to do likewise, for one can only function in this way when one’s life is so surrendered, based on trust, walking in the Spirit, in total dependence on God. So he lifted them up in prayer, saying:

EPHESIANS 1:16-20

16 I never stop giving thanks for you as I mention you in my prayers— 

17 that the God of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, our glorious Father, may give you spiritual wisdom and revelation in knowing Him

18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what is the richness of His glorious inheritance in the kedoshim, 

19 and what is His exceedingly great power toward us who keep trusting Him—in keeping with the working of His mighty strength.

20 This power He exercised in Messiah when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in heaven.

It is only by coming to that place where we walk in such oneness/unity with the Father that we can handle any situation that arises and not be shaken. It is only when we walk in such intimacy that we come to new heights/new levels of understanding, as our spiritual eyes are opened  we begin to understand more fully who we really are in HIM and what that means for us if we actually walk in it. That is what enables His mighty strength to be actualized in us; that is how His power may be manifested through us, that same power He exercised in Messiah when He raised Him from the dead.

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