Friday January 4, 2019 – Using scriptures for wonderful prayers

Philippians 1:9-11  9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

In an earlier devotional I wrote about the power of praying scripture particularly in the context of being able express to God His greatness.  We can personalize the words of scripture and they enable us to express what is in our hearts in a way that is Biblically sound.  Today I would like us to look at praying scripture for one another.

How often have we struggled in our desire to pray for people over the words to use or over the issue of “What is God’s will for them?”  How often do we use words that just express a general positive for someone such as, “Lord, I pray that you will bless so & so.”?  Within each of us is a desire for our prayers for others and ourselves to become more faith-filled and effective.

Consider today’s verse which is a prayer by Paul for the Philippians.  Pick someone whom you love, care about or are concerned for and personalize these verses – this prayer – for them.  I am going to pick Joe Daltorio our Pastor at River of Life Community Church and a wonderful friend:

“Lord Jesus, I pray that Joe’s love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that Joe may be able to discern what is best and that he may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.  I pray that Joe will be filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through You—to the glory and praise of God.”

Not only is that a wonderful and powerful prayer – we also have confidence that it is God’s will for whomever we might pray it for.  Let’s pray these verses for ourselves:

“Lord Jesus, I pray that my love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that I may be able to discern what is best and that I may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.  I pray that I will be filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through You—to the glory and praise of God.”

The Bible teaches that the prayers of a righteous man are powerful and effective (James 5:16b).  Praying scripture is one tool that we have to help us become such individuals.

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About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Three years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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