The Apostle Paul: Prayer Intercessor Extraordinaire

Glenn Addington By Glenn Addington, 10th Jun 2017 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/a1_2xtxn/
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Reviewing the prayers of the apostle Paul as he prays for those in the churches he is writing to

Intercessory Prayer

Most people who believe in a god or moral deity of some sort believe in the reality or validity of prayer. While there are many aspects to prayer, one of the most significant is intercession. The person who practices intercessory prayer cries out in behalf of another. This may or may not be with the other person's knowledge of that prayer. It may even be the case that the individual being prayed for isn't actually known by the person doing the praying. Usually, the person praying is doing so with no ulterior motive or selfish intent. Their desire is simply that whatever they are praying for will come to pass for the one being prayed for or that an appropriate result will come about in that individual's situation.

The usual focuses of intercession

As we hear intercessory prayers, or utter them ourselves, we usually hear the same phrases or topics brought up in those prayers. These might include the person's health, their well-being, their behavior, their decisions, their children, their education, their marriage - or any number of situations that are peculiar to them at that particular time, which the intercessor feels is needing attention.

The prayer regarding the other's faith

If the intercessor is a habitually praying person, their focus may be on the spiritual health, growth and well-being of the one being prayed for, and this may be short-lived or on-going, depending on what happens in the life of the other party.
If you are an intercessor and the spiritual well-being of another is your focus, how generic or specific are your prayers? It is possible that their length and intensity will be mirrored in how specific they are. Write out your prayers, if they aren't already written down, and evaluate them in regard to how detailed or specific they are.

Reviewing the prayers of Paul

As you read the prayers Paul wrote in his letters to the churches and to individuals, you realize that he is relating to his readers or hearers his personal prayers for them. Most often the focus is their growth as believers in Christ.
Paraphrasing several of Paul's prayers, hear his specific requests of God for these believers. From Ephesians 1:17-19 ... that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened...so that you might have a fuller realization regarding the call to salvation that is yours...as well as a grasp of the greatness of God's power toward those who believe.
From Colossians 1:9-12...that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding...so that you might conduct yourself in a manner pleasing to God....that you might be strengthened with power according to God's power to attain steadfastness and patience...with thanksgiving.

Reviewing my own prayers for others, and comparing them with those of Paul, mine seem incredibly LAME. But another thought that comes to mind is the challenge to familiarize myself with these prayers and incorporate them into my own prayers, both for myself and those for whom I pray.
I am enclosing a list of Paul's prayers for those willing to read and study them, and to take up the challenge to incorporate them into their own prayer lives, as they seek to deepen their own prayer life/walk and their intercession for others. The eventual results may far exceed anything you could ever have dreamed or imagined.
Copyright laws and the rules of publication on Wikinut forbid me to print them out entirely, so the list will have to suffice.
Romans 15:13; Ephesians 1:17-19; 3:14-19; Philippians 1:9-11; Colossians 1:9-12; 4:12c; I Thessalonians 5:23; II Thessalonians 1:11-12; Philemon 1:6.

I can be contacted at glennjjb@gmail.com.

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Prayer, Prayers, Praying, Praying For Others, Praying To God

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author avatar Glenn Addington
I am an American, former Viet Nam veteran, and a Christian, living in East Tennessee. I am now retired and am pursuing a writing career. I would welcome writing assignments.

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