Praying with Paul - Primed & Ready
(This message is online at: northwestchurch.church) - Use this listening guide as you watch the video worship services online. This will also have questions you can use with your connect group.
“If we want the same ________________as the apostles, we must do what the apostles did.”
Your prayers ____________your view of God
“prayer does not ___________us for the greater work—prayer ____ the greater work.”
This is an I________________ prayer
VS. 10 “love and knowledge……….and _______________, so that you may be able to discern what is best……….”
Paul is also praying that they would have more ________________
“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.”
Your marooned on a deserted island. You know you are going to be rescued in the future, but your not sure when. What do you do while you wait?
APPLY THE Scripture : READ 1 John 4:7-21 What stands out to you about how love is talked about in these verses?
Q1— Paul prays for the believers to be filled with the fruit of righteousness. What does this mean? What might this look like?
Q2—Have you ever prayed for discernment?
Q3— Paul prays for the Philippians' love to grow. How do people define love? How does Philippians describe real love?
Q4— In making his prayer for the church—namely, that our love for Christ would abound in knowledge and insight so that we may discern the things that are worthy—what is the apostle Paul’s ultimate objective and desire? ?
Q5—Do you think Paul prayed this prayer for himself? How would you feel knowing that people were praying this prayer for you?
A LITTLE LOVE HOMEWORK:
Name three people you can pray this prayer for this week. What are three ways I can glorify God in my life this week?
· TALK ABOUT how we can pray with Paul.
Let’s pray Philippians 1:9-13
In the name of Jesus, I pray that Your love grows and abounds more and more in _________ in both knowledge of You and concerning the things you have called _________ to do, as well as in the discernment and insight of the Holy Spirit.
From this love, knowledge, and insight, help __________ to prove the excellence of Your ways and of knowing You. I pray that __________ might always be sincere, genuine, and real to others on Your behalf, and that no one will ever be able to find any reason for blame in _____________ until the day of Jesus Christ’s return. Cause _____________ to overflow in the fruits of Your righteousness, which ______________ has because of Jesus Christ.
All these things I pray that You may be glorified through the lifestyle and accomplishments of _____________ and that __________’s life would be a constant source of praise to Your name. AMEN