10 Apostolic Prayers For The People Of God

The Apostle Paul showed his love for people in many ways. His letters are full of teaching, correction, and even commands. But perhaps we too easily miss one of the threads running throughout his ministry, namely, how often he encouraged people with the specific prayers he regularly offered on their behalf.

D.A. Carson draws out several themes of Paul’s prayers in his excellent, A Call to Spiritual Reformation, Priorities from Paul and His Prayers. In it, Carson challenges readers to seek “to find out exactly what it is he asks God for on their [the people he prays for] behalf, and compare the results with what we normally ask for.”

1. Paul thanked God for each one of his people.

“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you …” (Romans 1:8-10)

“I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus …” (1 Corinthians 1:4)

“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers …” (Ephesians 1:16)

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy …” (Philippians 1:3-4)

“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you …” (Colossians 1:3)

“We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers …” (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3a)

“We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right …” (2 Thessalonians 1:3)

“I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.” (2 Timothy 1:3)

“I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers …” (Philemon 1:4)

2. Paul prayed for wisdom and knowledge.

“… that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him …” (Ephesians 1:17)

“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding …” (Colossians 1:9)

3. Paul prayed for hope.

Read more at: https://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/10-apostolic-prayers-for-the-people-of-god

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Pray Shorter Prayers

by David Mathis, Executive Editor, desiringGod.org

For most of my life, two of the Bible’s most important verses on prayer have been lost on me. I must have been distracted by the more famous verses on prayer that immediately followed.

How many of us know “The Lord’s Prayer” by heart, in the King James Version of Matthew 6:9–13, “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name . . . ”? But before Jesus models prayer for us, he teaches us to pray in the two previous verses. And two thousand years of accumulated tradition and repetition may have clouded Christ’s expressed principles at work in his now-famous example prayer.

Ironically, at least for me, what Jesus says immediately before was long drowned out by the same mindless repetition he so clearly disavows in the preamble:

“When you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (Matthew 6:7–8)

Against Our Gentile Instincts

As fallen humans, we can understand why Jesus would need to steer us away from heaping up empty phrases. We are prone to this. Apart from God’s special revelation to us, this is our Gentile-instinct in seeking to petition the divine. Like the prophets of Baal at Carmel, we expect that calling on the deity “from morning until noon” and limping around the altar (1 Kings 18:26), even cutting ourselves in our own ways (1 Kings 18:28), might win us an ear in heaven. And apart from God’s special work in us, we’re liable to turn the Lord’s Prayer itself into the very thing Jesus warns against in the same breath.

One aspect, among others, that’s so amazing about Jesus’s model prayer in Matthew 6:9–13 (and Luke 11:2–4) is its simplicity and terseness. Jesus manifestly does not “heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do.” He does not pretend to be heard for his many words.

Read more: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/pray-shorter-prayers?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=feedpress.me&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+dg-articles

12 Keys to a More Powerful Prayer Life

Years ago, an old saint shared with me 12 prayer principles from the life of Jesus Christ. It made such a difference in my personal prayer life. There are only 17 references to Jesus praying and most of them are in the book of Luke.

1.  The principle of ILLUMINATION.

Luke 3:21-22 says, “When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as He was praying, heaven opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are My Son whom I love. With You I am well pleased.’”

The setting here was Jesus’ baptism and this is the first recorded example of Jesus praying, and we see in the book of Luke three results of His praying.

  • Heaven opened up.
  • The Holy Spirit came down.
  • The Father spoke.

These are three results when we make contact with God in our prayers. Symbolically, heaven opens up and we receive God’s blessing. The Holy Spirit fills our lives afresh. And the Father speaks to us. If you’d like to know the Spirit’s power in your life, if you’d like God to speak to you, you must practice the prayer life of Jesus.

2.  The principle of ISOLATION.

Luke 5:16 says, “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”

“Often” means it was His habit. He did it in places where He was all by Himself. I believe this is absolutely essential. We need to spend time alone with God every day. Jesus returned again and again to a lonely place. Find that place where you can get alone with God, where you can be isolated and pray aloud and let God speak to you.

3.  The principle of CONCENTRATION.

Luke 6:12 says, “In those days Jesus went out on the mountainside to pray and He spent the night praying to God.”

Notice it says, “He spent the night.” Some of the greatest lessons of my prayer life have been nights that I have spent in prayer. My decision to marry my wife was made in a prayer meeting all night with one other person. Sometimes when I pray it takes just a few minutes for me to get my thoughts collected. Sometimes it takes a long time for me to even get in the mood. I’ve found that it’s important to spend extended blocks of time with God so that you can concentrate on what He wants you to do and His will for your life.

The rest: https://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/245050-12-keys-powerful-prayer-life.html

4 Approaches To Prayer

“Prayer is the nearest approach to God.” – William Law

 

Praying in Humility

The Bible says that God resists everyone who has pride and will extend His grace only to those who are humble (James 4:6), so we must come to God in deep reverence and respect but also in a state of great humility. In ancient times, if you didn’t bow before the king, you were dead. Should we not more so pay greater respects to the King of the universe? Most of the worship in the Old Testament was done by lying prostrate out of a deep, abiding respect and fear of God.

Read more: https://www.christianquotes.info/images/4-approaches-prayer/#ixzz54ScE3QHa

3 Consequences Of Not Praying Enough

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Prayer that cheers

Introduction
Do you feel down in the dumps? Do you struggle with yourself? Does life ever overwhelm you? Has your faith become a drudgery? Are the storms of life upsetting? Is your service for Christ costly? If you take advice from James you’ll certainly get help.

Context
The theme that runs through James is ‘You need a faith that works!’ He’s given some spiritual litmus to see how faith is firing: like how you handle treasures, endure trials and control tongues. His closing comments focus on the need for fervent prayer. To have a faith that works you’ll be often on your knees.

Text
Chapter 5.13 is where I want to take your heart. “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.” Don’t think prayer a chore! God gives it for your cheer. Prayer brings some cheer in your tears. Prayer adds more cheer by your songs.

Subjects of Cheering Prayer
James gives no exemptions. Anyone is all-inclusive. All believers are beneficiaries in the bending of their knees. Husbands, wives, elders, deacons, men, women, parents, children, young, old, princes, citizens may receive this cheering help. Did my list exclude you? Cheer up Christ includes you!

More at: http://gentlereformation.com/2017/06/24/prayer-that-cheers/

A prayer of about “blessing” God

 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy––through the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forever! Amen. Jude 24 – 25

 

Heavenly Father, while many clamor about an try to “claim” more blessings from you, may this be a year in which we come alive to the multiplied blessings you have already lavished upon us in the gospel. Already you have rescued us from the dominion of darkness and have placed us in the kingdom of your blessed son, Jesus. Already you have blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Already we are completely loved by you because of Jesus’ completed work on our behalf. As the year progresses, open the eyes of our hearts to see all these glorious riches more clearly and enjoy them more fully.

All year long you will prove your covenant and capacity to keep us from falling. Though we may falter in the journey, the grasp of your grace is steady and secure. When we waver in our adoration of you, you will remain constant in your affection for us. When we are faithless the disobedient, you will remain committed and fully engaged with us. Even when you must discipline us this year, it will be in love, never in disgust the regret that you have adopted us. We praise you for being the perfect father to your daughters and sons.

All year long you will be at work preparing us for the day when you’ve we come into your glorious presence. We are confident and grateful as we face that day, because you have promised to complete the good work of the gospel you have begun it us. Indeed, Father, if this should be the year in which you call me “home,” herein lies my humble confidence: I will stand before you without fault because you have placed me in the faultless righteous one, Jesus.

Our hope is built on nothing less, nothing more, and nothing other than Jesus’ blood and his righteousness. Jesus is the only reason we can be sure we will stand before you with great joy. Your joy is our strength. Because of your great delight in us, we find great delight in you. Because you rejoice over us with singing, we will sing a new song of the gospel for ever.

Gracious father, you are the only God, the only savior –– to you “be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!

In Jesus merciful and matchless name we pray. Amen

Read: Col 1.13, Eph 1.3, 18-19, Heb 12.7-12, Phil 1.6, Neh 8.10, Zeph 3.14-17, Jude 25

 

~ Scotty Smith, Everyday Prayers Jan 2