Pray for those in Christ
How often do you pray for one another?
Phyllis and I took a drive from Bismarck to Fargo today. We left fairly early in the morning. As it generally goes when we travel, I drive and Phyllis reads some of her favorite Scriptures to me. I really enjoy just listening to the verses as Phyllis is working on memorizing them. This gives me the opportunity to hear each verse several times and I get some time to think about each verse and meditate on the ones that have special meaning to me.
Phyllis has hundreds of cards containing passages of Scripture and these are in several different packets. That means that as we travel, I get to hear different verses. Today, one of the cards she read was a passage that I had memorized many years ago. It is still one of my favorites. The passage was a prayer Paul wrote to the Church in Philippi. The passage reads:
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:3–11, NKJV)
A number of years ago, I went through Paul’s various letters and memorized all of his prayers contained within the Bible. This was the first one I memorized so it had great meaning to me. This prayer has several components which we should contain in our prayers for those with whom we minister.
Let us pray for one another
I want us to take a few minutes to pray for a fellow Christian. So, please participate with me. First, clear yourself of any distractions. Yes…shut off your iPhone. You will need to keep this file open so you can pray with me.
Next, think of a Christian who is close to you. This may be your spouse, a friend, or a pastor. If you have trouble thinking of someone, think of me.
Third read each of the request listed below. These are the direct items Paul prayed for the Philippians. What we will be doing is praying Scripture back to God. I can think of no more marvelous way to praise and worship God then to use His Word in our prayer.
So, let’s pray.
- As you remember this person, give thanks to God for him/her. Paul prayed, “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.” Take a moment to thank God for bring this person into your life.
- Regardless of your situation in life, express to God the great joy you have for making your requests to God for this person.
- Commend this person for their fellowship in the gospel of Christ. Praise God that this person is steadfast in their fellowship with Jesus Christ through trust in Christ alone.
- Thank God that you know He will be faithful in the life of this person…that He began a great work and will complete it.
- Thank God this person is in your heart and that they are confirmation that the gospel is true…recognize them as a partaker with you in grace.
- Share with God the great affection you have for this person and thank God that you share in Christ with this person.
- Pray now for specifics in their life. First, pray that his/her love for others would run over the banks of love.
- Pray that this love should be more than sentimental it; rather, pray that his/her love should be knowledgeable and all discerning.
- Pray that he/she would have genuine knowledge of God and depth of insight into His ways so that this love would enable other Christians to love God and other more.
- Pray that he/she would know what things are excellent and that he/she would be sincere and without offense until the day of Christ.
- Pray that he/she would be filled with fruits of righteousness. Pray that he/she would exhibit a righteous stand before God.
- Pray that he/she would bear such fruit so as to magnify God…not self…so that his/her life would exhibit those traits that bring glory and praise to God.
I hope you took time to pray for another person in Christ. Prayer is an important component of Truth Fellowship Live. Taking time to pray for one-another will allow God to work through this new Church.
How did your prayer go?
I hope you moved closer to God today. Okay, now you can turn your phone back on.