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Praying For God’s People

Philippians 1:9-11

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God.

IMG_0301Prayer is essential for believers.  As a pastor – I often spend time praying for the congregation I am blessed to serve – and the other people I have served or know in my life.  It must come with the territory!  As a church planter – Paul had a heart for the congregations he helped start – by God’s grace and mercy.  In today’s passage Paul speaks the heart of many pastors I know – for the people they serve.

He prayed for this congregation – and his prayer was that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.  Love is so important.  We spoke of the importance of love in recent posts and sermons – the need to fully love with our hearts our Lord and His cause.  Loving others is what allows us to minister to others – to reach out to others.  We want to build people up in knowledge – but if we haven’t grabbed the heart along the way – the knowledge will be destined to be merely knowledge.  Paul connects the abounding love with the growing knowledge in his prayer for these folks – and I pray this for us at First Church.  I pray for all believers to have Christ’s heart!

With a growing love and deepening knowledge comes a depth of insight, so that we may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless . . . filled with (or producing) the fruit of righteousness. . . to the glory and praise of God.  That is my prayer this morning – and many mornings – that First Church will be filled with people who will seek after the love of God – the knowledge of God – in order to discern the best way to serve God and bring Him glory.

Let’s spend the day (that isn’t too much to ask is it?) praying for one another – for the Church!  Let’s seek after Christ and grow in our faith. At First Church we desire to bring people into environments where they can encounter Christ.  We also want to build them up in their knowledge and understanding of Christ.  And we want to send people out to serve Christ.  We cannot accomplish any of this alone – we need Christ – and so we need to spend time praying for one another – for God’s people.  Will you join me today and pray for the Church?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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July 30, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , ,

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