Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Amazing Prayer

As I was studying Galatians 5;22, 23, I decided to see what other verses used the same words.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
Goodness: beyond being good — doing good
Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power,  that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (NKJV)

Pray: with a specific result in mind
Count you worthy: matching value to actual substance – i.e. worth as it corresponds to reality
Fulfill: to make complete in every particular; to render perfect
All: any and every, of every kind
Good pleasures: delight, pleasure, satisfaction: with the genitive of the thing that pleases
Goodness: uprightness of heart and life; beyond being good — doing good
Work:  the course of conduct which springs from faith
Power: "inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth"
Glorified: viewed in high, personal esteem, befitting great (intrinsic) worth
According to:  in consequence of, by virtue of
Grace: "the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues"

That is why [To that end; In this regard] we always pray for you, asking our God to ·help you live the kind of life he called you to live [make/consider you worthy of his calling]. We pray that with his power God will ·help you do the good things you want [ fulfill every desire for goodness] and ·perform the works that come from your [every work of] faith.  We pray all this so that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ will ·have glory [be glorified] in you, and you ·will have glory in him [ in him]. That glory comes from the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (EXB)

What an amazing prayer. A prayer with a specific RESULT in mind. A prayer that one's faith be real, evident and truly lived. A prayer that I need to pray for myself and others. A prayer where the results are possible, because of God's goodness! 

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