Lifting the Level of Our Prayers
Ever wonder why the disciples asked the Lord to teach them to pray? Perhaps they recognized that His prayers were on a different level than the ones they usually heard. The apostle Paul had rich communion with God through a strong and effective devotional life. Two characteristics that distinguished his prayers are an active awareness of God and an ability to rejoice in others’ spiritual growth.
Paul was aware of the Lord’s presence and work, and he acknowledged both often. To the believers at
Many of Paul’s prayers were prompted by the spiritual growth and health of the churches. Delighted to hear of the Ephesians’ growing faith and the Colossians’ love for others, he responded by praising God. (Colossians 1:3-4) The Philippians’ partnership in the Gospel caused him to pray with joy. (Philippians 1:4-5) The Thessalonians’ work and steadfast hope gave him even more reasons for prayer. (1 Thessalonians 1:3)
Intimate knowledge of God and love for the churches fueled Paul’s devotional life. Are you longing for something more in your times of prayer? Follow Paul’s example and spend time meditating about who God is, what He has done, and the spiritual growth He has brought forth in your church. Then, lift up specific praises to Him for these things.
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