…. they were unschooled, ordinary men …. they had been with Jesus …. the crippled man healed standing with them – Acts 4:13,14
We’re probably the most informed generation,
where information is readily available on our finger tips (literally), 24/7.
Thanks to everyday, ubiquitous mobile technology,
for any topic or field,
there’s many opportunities for us to explore and learn through search engines, text and multimedia experiences
from a host of sources worldwide.
Swimming in vast oceans of knowledge,
and endless streams of information,
as we seek to … know even more, … know why … know the latest, … know how, … know now, … know the future, …
we may lose our focus, … or be distracted,
from what’s really important in our faith in Jesus,
… as fads, trends, buzzwords fade in and out,
viral social media hypes,
and never ending news feeds, tweets, posts, shares, webcasts,
teachings, prophecies, inspirations, exhortations, events, etc, …
from reputable, known sources … to sometimes questionable sources,
crowd our minds (& screens)
vying our attention, … our clicks & swipes,
and sometimes our $$
Prayerfully, let’s not be
… always learning and never able to come
to the knowledge of the truth.
2 Timothy 3:8 (NASB)
… led astray from a
sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:3 (NRSV)
… Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord …
Hosea 6:3 (NKJV)
“Make them holy by your truth;
teach them your word,
which is truth.”
John 17:17 (NLT)
Through our always connected devices,
with the ability to hold multiple, simultaneous chats & updates with folks here and abroad,
our conversation with God,
through prayer & God’s word takes a backseat.
In the quietness of our time with the Lord,
its refreshing to pray the prayers of Paul in the Bible,
helping us keep our eyes on Christ.
In Paul’s prayers for himself, and believers in the churches,
he prays for us to be filled with God’s knowledge that transforms our lives,
& the living out of that knowledge in everyday life in our relationships.
(btw, his prayers are not ‘bless me with this, & also that‘ prayers.)
He also prays that we will fathom & grasp
how much God really loves each and everyone of us.
information & transformation,
knowing, … & being.
Knowing God, … praying & living out God’s word
… His Truth, His Word in the Bible.
Knowing & experiencing Jesus personally,
… and making Him known.
Experiencing God’s love,
… & loving Him, and loving others.
And as we pray,
34 … Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—
is at the right hand of God
and is also interceding for us.
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.
We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because
the Spirit intercedes for God’s people
in accordance with the will of God.
Romans 8:34, 26-27 (NIV)
Personally, I find Paul’s prayers timeless, wholistic and holy-stic:
– prayer for one’s walk and relationship with the Lord,
– prayer for the ministry of God through us, and his saints locally & overseas,
– prayer for others to know him personally,
– & prayer for the world around us, .. in the times we live in.
(fyi — 22 prayers. Also in this list, there’s a prayer from the letter to the Hebrews. The author of Hebrews is unknown)
Philippians 3:8-11 (NASB)
8 … that I may gain Christ,
9 and may be found in Him,
not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law,
but that which is through
faith in Christ,
the righteousness which comes from God
on the basis of faith,
10 that I may know Him
and the power of His resurrection
and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;
11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Ephesians 3:14-21 (NKJV)
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches
he may strengthen you
with power through his Spirit
in your inner being,
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts
And I pray that you,
being rooted and established in love,
18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people,
how wide and long
and high and deep
is the love of Christ,
19 and to know
this love that surpasses knowledge
—that you may be filled
to the measure of all
the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more
than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power
that is at work within us,
21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!
Philippians 1:9-11 (NKJV)
9 And this is my prayer:
that your love may abound
more and more
in knowledge and depth of insight,
10 so that you may be able to discern
what is best
and may be pure
and blameless for the day of Christ,
11 filled with the fruit of righteousness
that comes through Jesus Christ
—to the glory and praise of God.
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 (NIV)
12 May the Lord make your love increase
and overflow for each other
and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.
13 May he strengthen your hearts
so that you will be blameless and holy
in the presence of our God and Father
when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.
Romans 15:5,6 (NIV)
5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement
the same attitude of mind
toward each other
that Christ Jesus had,
6 so that with one mind and one voice
you may glorify
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (NLT)
11 So we keep on praying for you,
asking our God to enable you
to live a life worthy of his call.
May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things
your faith prompts you to do.
12 Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored
because of the way you live,
and you will be honored along with him.
This is all made possible because of the
grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:9-14 (NKJV)
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;
11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power,
for all patience and longsuffering with joy;
12 giving thanks to the Father
who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Ephesians 1:15-23 (NKJV)
15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
16 do not cease to give thanks for you,
making mention of you in my prayers:
17 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
20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead
and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
22 And He put all things under His feet,
and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,
23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
Romans 16:20 (NIV)
20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NIV)
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving
be made for all people
— 2 for kings and all those in authority,
that we may live peaceful and quiet lives
in all godliness and holiness.
3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior,
4 who wants all people to be saved
and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
Colossians 4:3,4 (NASB)
3 praying at the same time for us as well,
that God will open up to us a door for the word,
so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned;
4 that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.
Ephesians 6:19 (NKJV)
19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me,
that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 for which I am an ambassador in chains;
that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Romans 15:14-33 (NKJV)
30 Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit,
that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me,
31 that I may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe,
and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,
32 that I may come to you with joy by the will of God,
and may be refreshed together with you.
33 Now the God of peace be with you all.
2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 (NIV)
And now, brothers and sisters,
pray for us.
Pray that the Lord’s teaching will continue to spread quickly.
And pray that people will give honor to that teaching,
the same as happened with you.
2 And pray that we will be protected from crooked and evil people.
Not everyone believes in the Lord, you know.
3 But the Lord is faithful.
He will give you strength and protect you from the Evil One.
4 The Lord gives us confidence that you are doing what we told you and that you will continue to do it.
5 We pray that the Lord will cause you
to feel God’s love
and remember Christ’s patient endurance.
1 Timothy 1:2,3 (NLT)
2 … May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord
give you grace, mercy, and peace.
3… Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.
Colossians 4:12 (NKJV)
12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you,
always laboring fervently
for you in prayers,
that you may stand perfect
in all the will of God.
2 Thessalonians 2:16,17 (AMP)
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father,
who has loved us
and given us everlasting comfort
and the good [well-founded] hope [of salvation]
by His grace,
and strengthen your hearts
[keeping them steadfast and on course]
in every good work and word.
Romans 15:13 (NIV)
13 May the God of hope
fill you with all joy and peace
as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Hebrews 13:20,21 (NIV)
20 Now may the God of peace,
who through the blood of the eternal covenant
brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus,
that great Shepherd of the sheep,
21 equip you with everything good
for doing his will,
and may he work in us
what is pleasing to him,
through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.
1 Thessalonians 5:23, 24 (NABRE)
23 May the God of peace himself
make you perfectly holy
and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body,
be preserved blameless
for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 The one who calls you is faithful,
and he will also accomplish it.
2 Thessalonians 3:16, 18 (NIV)
16 Now may the Lord of peace himself
give you peace at all times
and in every way.
The Lord be with all of you.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
2 Corinthians 13:14 (NIV)
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
by 林弟兄, bro Lim
September 2, 2016
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