Learning To Pray
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In his book on Prayer, Tim Keller points out that it is remarkable that, in all of his writings, Paul’s prayers for his friends contain no appeals for changes in their circumstances. We know they faced persecution, death from disease, and oppression by Rome. Yet in his prayers you see not one petition for a better emperor or protection from marauding armies.
Paul does not pray for the things we would usually have near the top of our lists of requests.
Rather, Paul’s letters reveal what he asked most frequently for his friends — what he believed was the most important thing God could give them.
To know Christ better.
In Ephesians 1:18, Paul prays to have the “eyes of their hearts … enlightened”.
In Philippians 1:9, Paul is praying for their love, knowledge and depth of insight to increase.
His prayer in Colossians 1:9 is that God would fill them with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives.
Most people today base their inner life on their outward circumstances. Their inner peace is dependent on other people’s valuation of them, and on their social status, prosperity, and performance. Christians do this as much as anyone.
Paul is teaching that, for believers, it should be the other way around. Otherwise we will be whip-lashed by how things are going in the world.
Paul sees the fuller knowledge of God as a more critical thing to receive than a change of circumstances. And so should we.
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TRAINER: Rod Bergen-President, Power to Change
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POSTED: Feb 2017