Paul’s prayer

The apostle Paul helped to start a church in Philippi. You can read about it in Acts 16:11-40.  What you may not know is that they became Paul’s good friends and supporters for the rest of his life.  He prays four specific things for the Philippians.  

1.Love to abound in knowledge and insight – As we love and devote ourselves to God and Jesus Christ he gives wisdom and insight as we read the Word.  It’s as if he puts a lamp on it and the words are illuminated so we have a deeper understanding. 

2. Discern what is best – the only way we can do this well is to rely on the Holy Spirit.  We need His leading and guidance moment by moment.

3. Be pure and blameless – To be pure means to be “untainted by evil or innocent.”  Blameless means to be without fault.  We are only these things because of the blood of Christ that purifies us and cleanses us from our sins.  But, we can sincerely seek these things in our life as we abide in Christ.

4. Filled with the fruit of righteousness – Or you could say righteous fruits.  They come from being connected to vine, Jesus. (John 15:1-5). Our lives should spill forth righteous fruits.  They are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, etc. (Gal. 5:22)

Out of these four prayer points, which one speaks the loudest to you?  What might the Lord be speaking to you about that prayer point?  How could you be living these out in you life on a daily basis?  My prayer for you is that you will see an abundance of lasting fruit as you lean in to knowing your Savior more. I pray too that you would learn greater dependence upon the Holy Spirit and allow Him to work in and through you.

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