Revive Me, Week 34– A Year of Growing Stronger in the Lord
Pray for the People of God
I’m at Polishing the Pulpit this week and was able to attend a powerful lecture by John Moore (of Dripping Springs, TX) on the subject of prayer. He said if our prayer life is like the apostle Paul’s, then:
- We will place a high value on prayer- Eph. 6:18
- We will speak and talk about prayer with others- Phil. 1:3-11
- We will be constant in prayer- 1 Thess. 3:9-13
- We will extol the nature of God (“extol” means “to speak in a positive way about enthusiastically”)- 2 Thess. 1:3-12
- We will center ourselves upon the Christ of God- Col. 1:13-20
- We will concern ourselves with the people of God (see verses below)
It is this last point that I want to share with you. Brother Moore pointed out the different ways in which Paul prayed for God’s people.
Let us concern ourselves with the people of God. Let us pray that…
- They will be filled (Col. 1:9)
- They will walk worthy, pleasing God and bearing fruit (Col. 1:9,10)
- They will increase in the knowledge of God (Col. 1:10)
- They will be strengthened with all power (Col. 1:11)
- They will give thanks (Col. 1:12)
- They will not do anything wrong (2 Cor. 13:7)
- Their faith will be perfected (2 Cor. 13:9)
- They will have wisdom that they may know hope and the greatness of God’s power (Eph. 1:18-22)
As Brother Moore said, “Satan doesn’t want Christians to see these things!” Imagine the impact we can have on strengthening the Lord’s church if we all began praying these same things. Oh how we need to unite and stand strong in our current culture!
Suggestions for the Week:
- Pray these things for God’s people every day.
- Pray these things for your family every day.
- Look up the Scripture references and read Paul’s original prayers.
(Photo borrowed from Bear Valley Bible Institute collection)