The Bible – Your Prayer Book

I own several prayer books from various traditions of the church. They help me find words to express praise, thanksgiving, and petition that take me beyond self-centered requests.

I appreciate the prayer books, but the prayers of the Bible excel them to a great degree.

Paul’s short prayer for the church in Thessalonica provides three prayers that we can use for family, friends, church members, and others.

Request #1 – To this end we always pray for you, asking that our God will make you worthy of his call (2 Thessalonians 1.11b).

The emphasis of the first request is the fact that God has called us.

God’s call is personal. We are not a number with God. We are so important to him that he personally communicates with us.

God calls us to join him in his work. Isaiah’s call was dramatic, but it demonstrates the importance of being called by God.

(1) God always establishes a personal relationship with those whom he calls.

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord” (Isaiah 6.1), said the prophet. To “see” the Lord is the beginning of a personal relationship.

(2) God reveals his purpose to those whom he calls. This is what happened to Isaiah.

Isaiah 1.8Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

(3) Paul’s prayer for the called is that they will be worthy of the call.

It is tragic that God often calls and people are so consumed by self-interest that they don’t respond.

Why was no one there when I came?
Why did no one answer when I called?
(Isaiah 50.2)

Let’s join Paul ask that we respond to God’s call in a worthy manner.

Request #2 – That they will fulfill by his power every good resolve and work of faith (2 Thessalonians 1.11b).

The fulfillment of “every good resolve and work of faith” describes how people live worthy of God’s call.

Prayer opens the door to God’s power that is necessary to fulfill goodness and faithfulness.

The old adage to work as if everything depends on you and to pray as if everything depends on God is appropriate here.

Goodness and faithfulness are two traits of the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity [or goodness], faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

When we live in such a relationship with the Holy Spirit that he can produce his fruit in us, then we will live in a manner worthy of our calling.

This is a very important prayer request to bring before the Lord and we should use it often.

Request #3 – That the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1.12).

Jesus connected discipleship and prevailing prayer to the glory of God’s reputation.

John 15.7-8If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.

God is not a “glory hog” like some athletes, politicians, and preachers. His desire for glory resides in a desire that people may know him for who he is.

Paul experienced the glory of God and realized the inestimable value of knowing God.

Philippians 3.8More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.

When we pray for God to be glorified by Christians, we are asking for a gift that every human on the face of the earth needs.

We are praying that through our actions and attitudes that the cover of God’s greatness be drawn back to reveal his magnificent character.

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Rudy Ross and I have decided to continue our New Testament study through to the end of Revelation. Please join us in our study on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel.

Please send your prayer request to bsprad49@gmail.com. The Maywood prayer team will pray for you.

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