We all have to come to end of ourselves to see our need for God. Jonah is trying to run away from God and going deeper into himself and away from God’s grace. His prayer reveals an encounter with God and his grace. The end of himself.
The Christian life isn’t static. Paul gives an example of how we are to pray for more of God’s wisdom, love, knowledge, revelation, and power.
In this section, Paul prays a speciﬁc prayer for the people of God to walk in power and knowledge and joy. Why is this prayer signiﬁcant? And how can we follow Paul’s model of praying here?
Jesus was well acquainted with intimacy and attentiveness to God through prayer. Through the Lord's Prayer, he provides a pattern for all believers.
How we pray, reveals our heart towards God. If we truly trust Him as our Heavenly Father and appreciate what He's done for us, we won't treat Him like some cosmic genie.
In our spiritual walk, we can never grow beyond our need for God and the prayers of other saints, pleading to the Father on our behalf. Our prayer begins and ends with who He is.
Our Father, who is good and gracious, invites us to commune with Him with boldness and persistence.
Prayer can often reflect our spiritual walk with God. Often, we can be tempted to be self-righteous in our prayer or try to impress others with our prayer life, instead of using prayer in the way Jesus so often demonstrated.
What would our communities look like if local churches prayed together for the good of this city? What would our lives look like if we anxiously turned to God in faith?