The prayers of Paul seem to have a central theme which we may have not really realized. His prayers were primarily for the saints, that they would come to the full realization of their potential in God.
“…do not cease to pray for you … that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will and spiritual understanding … being fruitful and increasing in the knowledge God strengthened with all might…”
(Colossians 1:9, 10, I 1).
“Pray always for you, that our God would … fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power… ” (II Thessalonians 1: I 1).
“…in every prayer of mine for you all making requests … that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it…” (Philippians 1:4-6).
“…I have remembrance of thee in my prayers … stir up the gift of God, which is in thee…”(11 Timothy 1:3-6).
“…praying exceedingly that we … might perfect that which is lacking in your faith…” (I Thessalonians 3: 10).
“…make mention of you always in my prayers … that I may impart some spiritual gift…” (Romans 1:9-1 1).
“…making mention of you in my prayers … that God … may give … you … wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him … that ye may know .. exceeding greatness of his power…” (Ephesians 1: 16-20) that
he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory .. may be able to comprehend…and to know .. according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:14-20).
This scriptural study has had a profound impact on my praying.There is no lack of power, plan or provision available to us through God. “…we have received … the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God” (I Corinthians 2:12).
Paul repeatedly prayed for us to have understanding and knowledge and, also for us to have enlightened eyes, increased faith, and spiritual gifts. He prayed that God’s gift would be activated in us and that we
would have a realization of His power. All these things are freely given to us, but arc ineffective unless we realize them and release them.
In my kitchen I have many power appliances. One of these is an electric knife. If I did not realize the capability of this tool, I would use it as just a simple knife, but what a difference it makes knowing and understanding and using it in its full power. “And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to usward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power” (Ephesians 1: 19).
Apostolic praying is high level praying. It is the releasing of eternal power so superior to earthly needs that exceedingly great things are accomplished. Pray the Apostolic way.
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