Praying With Paul

Praying With Paul

In my sermon this past Sunday, I mentioned that if you were to read through the letters of Paul–with an eye toward his prayers–you would find that most of his prayers are focused on the gospel, or they have to do with the spiritual growth of the person for whom he is praying.

I challenged the congregation, and now you, to read through the prayers of Paul and then pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ in the same way. To make it easier, you will find listed below the prayers of Paul. This list comes from the book, Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation, by D.A. Carson.

Please Read through Paul’s prayers–they pray like Paul for other believers in your life!

Paul’s Prayers (with text)

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you because the news of your faith is being reported in all the world. God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in telling the good news about his Son—that I constantly mention you, 10 always asking in my prayers that if it is somehow in God’s will, I may now at last succeed in coming to you.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), Ro 1:8–10.

Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God concerning them is for their salvation.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), Ro 10:1.

 Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), Ro 12:12.

Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, according to Christ Jesus, so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with one mind and one voice.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), Ro 15:5–6.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), Ro 15:13.

 Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, through our Lord Jesus Christ and through the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in fervent prayers to God on my behalf. 31 Pray that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea, that my ministry to Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 and that, by God’s will, I may come to you with joy and be refreshed together with you.

33 May the God of peace be with all of you. Amen.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), Ro 15:30–33.

I always thank my God for you because of the grace of God given to you in Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in him in every way, in all speech and all knowledge. In this way, the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you, so that you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you will be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; you were called by him into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 1 Co 1:4–9

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 1 Co 16:23.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings that we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that as you share in the sufferings, so you will also share in the comfort.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 2 Co 1:3–7.

14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in Christ’s triumphal procession and through us spreads the aroma of the knowledge of him in every place. 15 For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 16 To some we are an aroma of death leading to death, but to others, an aroma of life leading to life. Who is adequate for these things?

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 2 Co 2:14–16.

12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the proof provided by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedient confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone. 14 And as they pray on your behalf, they will have deep affection for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 2 Co 9:12–15.

Especially because of the extraordinary revelations. Therefore, so that I would not exalt myself, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to torment me so that I would not exalt myself. Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times that it would leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.”

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 2 Co 12:7–9.

But we pray to God that you do nothing wrong—not that we may appear to pass the test, but that you may do what is right, even though we may appear to fail. For we can’t do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. We rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. We also pray that you become fully mature.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 2 Co 13:7–9.

Brothers and sisters, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), Ga 6:18.

Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens in Christ. For he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before him.,f He predestined us to be adopted as sons through Jesus Christ for himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he lavished on us in the Beloved One.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he richly poured out on us with all wisdom and understanding. He made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he purposed in Christ 10 as a plan for the right time—to bring everything together in Christ, both things in heaven and things on earth in him.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), Eph 1:3–10.

15 This is why, since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you the Spirit,v of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the mighty working of his strength. 20 He exercised this power in Christ by raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavens—21 far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every title given,,ac not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he subjected everything under his feet,ae and appointed him as head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), Eph 1:15–23.

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. 16 I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through his Spirit, 17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, 19 and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us—21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), Eph 3:14–21.

19 Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. 20 For this I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough to speak about it as I should.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), Eph 6:19–20.

I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), Php 1:3–6.

And I pray this: that your love will keep on growing in knowledge and every kind of discernment, 10 so that you may approve the things that are superior and may be pure and blameless in the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), Php 1:9–11.

 Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), Php 4:6–7.

23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), Php 4:23–Col.

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You have already heard about this hope in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world, just as it has among you since the day you heard it and came to truly appreciate God’s grace.,g You learned this from Epaphras, our dearly loved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, and he has told us about your love in the Spirit.

For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, 10 so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, so that you may have great endurance and patience, joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light. 13 He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. 14 In him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), Col 1:3–15.

Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains, so that I may make it known as I should.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), Col 4:2–4.

We always thank God for all of you, making mention of you constantly in our prayers. We recall, in the presence of our God and Father, your work produced by faith, your labor motivated by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 1 Th 1:2–3.

13 This is why we constantly thank God, because when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you welcomed it not as a human message, but as it truly is, the word of God, which also works effectively in you who believe. 14 For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God’s churches in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, since you have also suffered the same things from people of your own country, just as they did from the Jews 15 who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and persecuted us. They displease God and are hostile to everyone, 16 by keeping us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. As a result, they are constantly filling up their sins to the limit, and wrath has overtaken them at last.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 1 Th 2:13–16.

How can we thank God for you in return for all the joy we experience before our God because of you, 10 as we pray very earnestly night and day to see you face to face and to complete what is lacking in your faith?

11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you. 12 And may the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone, just as we do for you. 13 May he make your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. Amen.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 1 Th 3:9–13.

23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely. And may your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will do it.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 1 Th 5:23–24.

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 1 Th 5:28.

We ought to thank God always for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, since your faith is flourishing and the love each one of you has for one another is increasing. Therefore, we ourselves boast about you among God’s churches—about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and afflictions that you are enduring. It is clear evidence of God’s righteous judgment that you will be counted worthy of God’s kingdom, for which you also are suffering…

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 2 Th 1:3–5.

11 In view of this, we always pray for you that our God will make you worthy of his calling, and by his power fulfill your every desire to do good and your work produced by faith, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified by you, and you by him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 2 Th 1:11–12.

16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 2 Th 2:16–17.

and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen and guard you from the evil one. We have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will continue to do what we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to God’s love and Christ’s endurance.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 2 Th 3:2–5.

16 May the Lord of peace himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 2 Th 3:16.

12 I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord who has strengthened me, because he considered me faithful, appointing me to the ministry—

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 1 Ti 1:12.

First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

For there is one God and one mediator between God and humanity, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, a testimony at the proper time…

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 1 Ti 2:1–6.

I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience as my ancestors did, when I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day. Remembering your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I recall your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and now, I am convinced, is in you also.

Therefore, I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power,,k love, and sound judgment.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 2 Ti 1:3–7.

16 May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. 17 On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he diligently searched for me and found me. 18 May the Lord grant that he obtain mercy from him on that day. You know very well how much he ministered at Ephesus.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 2 Ti 1:16–18.

22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you all.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 2 Ti 4:22.

Grace be with all of you.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), Tt 3:15.

I always thank my God when I mention you in my prayers, because I hear of your love for all the saints and the faith that you have in the Lord Jesus. I pray that your participation in the faith may become effective through knowing every good thing that is in us for the glory of Christ. For I have great joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), Phm 4–7.

25 The grace of the Lord,y Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), Phm 25.

 

Paul’s Prayers (Scripture References Only)

  1. Romans 1:8–10
  2. Romans 10:1
  3. Romans 12:12
  4. Romans 15:5–6
  5. Romans 15:13
  6. Romans 15:30–33
  7. 1 Corinthians 1:4–9
  8. 1 Corinthians 16:23
  9. 2 Corinthians 1:3–7
  10. 2 Corinthians 2:14–16
  11. 2 Corinthians 9:12–15
  12. 2 Corinthians 12:7–9
  13. 2 Corinthians 13:7–9
  14. Galatians 6:18
  15. Ephesians 1:3–10
  16. Ephesians 1:15–23
  17. Ephesians 3:14–21
  18. Ephesians 6:19–20
  19. Philippians 1:3–6
  20. Philippians 1:9–11
  21. Philippians 4:6–7
  22. Philippians 4:23
  23. Colossians 1:3–15
  24. Colossians 4:2–4
  25. 1 Thessalonians 1:2–3
  26. 1 Thessalonians 2:13–16
  27. 1 Thessalonians 3:9–13
  28. 1 Thessalonians 5:23–24
  29. 1 Thessalonians 5:28
  30. 2 Thessalonians 1:3–5
  31. 2 Thessalonians 1:11–12
  32. 2 Thessalonians 2:16–17
  33. 2 Thessalonians 3:2–5
  34. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
  35. 1 Timothy 1:12
  36. 1 Timothy 2:1–6
  37. 2 Timothy 1:3–7
  38. 2 Timothy 1:16–18
  39. 2 Timothy 4:22
  40. Titus 3:15
  41. Philemon 4–7
  42. Philemon 25
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10 Book Recommendations from 2017

10 Book Recommendations 2017I have made it my goal in 2018 to read at least one book each week! Last year I didn’t quite make it–I only read 28. Of course, some of that can be accounted for because I was reading commentaries and other material that I did not include in the list below for my Doctoral degree. Also, I did not keep a very good record of the books I read–I will do better this year!

From the list that I did keep, I wanted to share with you my top 10 book recommendations based on what I read in 2017. You can see the complete list of all the books I read at the bottom of this post. If you have any questions about any of the books, let me know in the comments below! Here we go, my top ten reads for 2017 (in no particular order):

  1. Donald S. Whitney. Family Worship, Wheaton: Crossway, 2016.
  2. Voddie Baucham. Family Shepherds: Calling and Equipping Men to Lead Their Homes, Wheaton: Crossway, 2011.
  3. Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God, Lexington, KY: Wildside Press, 2017.
  4. Bobby Jamieson, Understanding Baptism, Church Basics, Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group, 2016.
  5. Andrew Murray, Lord Teach Us To Pray—Illustrated, Lexington, KY: Independently Published, 2017.
  6. Bob Beltz, Daily Disciplines for the Christian Man: Practical Steps to an Empowered Spiritual Life, Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1993.
  7. Kara E. Powell, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014.
  8. Josh Moody, How Church Can Change Your Life: Answers to the Ten Most Common Questions About the Church, Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, 2015.
  9. Joel R. Beeke, How Should Men Lead Their Families?, Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014.
  10. Jason Helopoulos, A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home, Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, Ltd., 2013.

 

 

Complete reading list:

  • Donald S. Whitney. Family Worship, Wheaton: Crossway, 2016.
  • Voddie Baucham. Family Shepherds: Calling and Equipping Men to Lead Their Homes, Wheaton: Crossway, 2011.
  • Voddie Baucham. Family Driven Faith: Doing What It Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk with God, Wheaton: Crossway, 2007.
  • James W. Alexander, Thoughts on Family Worship. Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1847.
  • Joel R. Beeke, How Should Men Lead Their Families?, Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014.
  • Jerry Marcellino, Rediscovering Family Worship, 11th printing, 2011, Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, 1996.
  • Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God, Lexington, KY: Wildside Press, 2017.
  • J.H. Merle D’Aubigné, The Discourses and Essays of the Rev. J.H. Merle D’Aubigné, translated by Charles W. Baird, New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishing, 1846.
  • Samuel Davies, Sermons on Important Subjects, 5th ed. vol. 2. New York: Printed for T.S. Arden, Bookseller and Stationer, 1802.
  • A.W. Pink “Family Worship” in A Theology of the Family, ed. Jeff Pollard & Scott T. Brown, Wake Forrest: The National Center for Family Integrated Churches, 2014.
  • Joel R. Beeke, Family Worship, Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2009.
  • Jason Helopoulos, A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home, Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, Ltd., 2013.
  • Terry L. Johnson, The Family Worship Book: A Resource Book for Family Devotions, Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, 1998.
  • Edmund Calamy, The Works of the Rev. John Howe, vol. 1, NewYork: John P. Haven, 1838.
  • John Bunyan, “Christian Behavior,” 1674. Accessed February 6, 2017 http://www.chapellibrary.org/files/4113/7643/2902/cbeh.pdf
  • Matthew Henry, A Church in the House or Family Religion, New York: American Tract Society, 1824.
  • George Whitfield, “The Great Duty of Family Religion.” Accessed March 1, 2017, https://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/ted_hildebrandt/ChurchHistory/GeorgeWhitefield/Whitefield_GreatDutyOfFamilyReligion_Sermon4.pdf
  • Josh Moody, How Church Can Change Your Life: Answers to the Ten Most Common Questions About the Church, Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, 2015.
  • Rob Rienow, God’s Grand Vision for the Home, Streamed, IL: Awana, 2007.
  • Bob Beltz, Daily Disciplines for the Christian Man: Practical Steps to an Empowered Spiritual Life, Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1993.
  • Kara E. Powell, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014.
  • Kara E. Powell, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family: Over 100 Practical and Tested Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Kids, Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014.
  • Max Lucado, The 3:16 Promise: He loves. He gave. We believe. We live., Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2007.
  • Bruce L. Shelley, Why Baptism?, Dowers Grove, IL: InterVarisity Press, 1987.
  • R.C. Sproul, What is Baptism?, #11 in the Crucial Questions Series, Orlando, FL: Reformation Trust, 2011.
  • Bobby Jamieson, Understanding Baptism, Church Basics, Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group, 2016.
  • Andrew Murray, Lord Teach Us To Pray—Illustrated, Lexington, KY: Independently Published, 2017.
  • Bill Bright, Your 5 Duties as a Christian Citizen, Orlando, FL: Bright Media Foundation, 2016.