For What Should We Pray?

Paul prayed:

     For the spread of the gospel.

  • That it would be successful–even swift (II Thess. 3:1 NASB).
  • That obstacles would be removed (Rom. 15:30-31, II Thess. 3:1-2).
  • That he would have a personal role in that spreading (Col 4:3).

     That he would do well with the opportunities he had.

  • To speak with boldness (Eph. 6:18-19).
  • To speak with clarity (Col. 4:4).

     For Christians.

  • To have a knowledge and understanding of God’s will (Col. 1:9).
  • To live lives pleasing to God (Col. 1:10, II Cor. 13:7, Phil. 1:10, I Thess. 3:12-13).
  • To increase their knowledge of God (Col. 1:10).
  • To be strengthened (Col. 1:11).

     Prayers of thanksgiving.

  • For everything (Eph. 5:20, I Thess. 5:18).
  • For people’s receptivity to the gospel and their salvation (I Thess. 2:13, I Cor. 1:4, II Thess. 2:13).
  • For their spiritual growth (II Thess. 1:3).
  • For the part God allowed him to play (I Tim. 1:12, II Cor. 1:8-11).


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