Written by: Tim Wood
What do you pray about most? How do you pray for others? If you are like me, most prayers are filled with current circumstances. A sickness. A decision. A tragedy. We normally pray for something we are struggling with – health concerns, financial problems or relational difficulties. There is nothing wrong with praying about these things. We should pray about these things. However, we should spend as much or more time praying about our spiritual growth. If you take an inventory of your prayers, how much time do you spend praying for God to change your heart, your character?
Fortunately, there are several verses in the Bible to help us pray for spiritual growth in our life as well as the lives of others. Here are some examples:
Ephesians 3:19 - (Pray) to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Hebrews 13:21 –(Pray that God will) equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Romans 15:13 – (Pray that the) God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 1:17 – (Pray) that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.
2 Thessalonians 3:5 - May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ.
You will always pray the right thing when you pray the Scriptures. This is God’s will for you. This is God’s will for your friends and your family. Pray it!
Be like Epaphras in Colossians 4:12, “Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bond slave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.”