Prayers in the Epistles

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on April 26, 2009
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Philippians 1:8 The most effective way to influence another is to pray for that person.

Verse 9 Love always remains the main thing. We should acknowledge the connection between prayer and love. God's love is founded upon knowledge which is gained from the Scriptures and experienced in life. Discernment or judgment is again of vital importance. James 1:5 says we lack wisdom and can ask for it.

Verse 10 The aim is to stay pure and without offense until the day Christ comes back. We want to maintain faith until the end.

Verse 11 Righteousness in the heart produces love, kindness, gentleness, honesty, truth, meekness, goodness.

Colossians 1:9 -- Three matters: knowledge, spiritual wisdom, and understanding
- Knowledge is gained by knowing and doing. James 1:22-24
- Spiritual wisdom is gained by asking and acting. James 1:5; 3:13-18
- Understanding is gained by the spirit and faith. James 2:14-ff

Colossians 1:10 The aim of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding is a walk that is pleasing to God.

Verse 11 Strengthened to meet temptations and to bear up under the various trials of life

The only way to live as Christians is according to God's glorious power. Again, the aim of all is steadfastness. Hebrews 10:19-ff

Patience and joy -- Romans 5:1-5

Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks to our Father should be normal. Ingratitude is difficult to take. Colossians 3:15-17

2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 The concern again is the love of God and steadfastness of Christ.

Ephesians 1:15-23; 3:14-21

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