As Paul shines light in his prayers, we can see how his heart is specifically worried about the continued influence of the Jewish law and the new influence of proto-Gnostic teachings. His transparency is refreshing, but in it, we can see how clear Paul is about his methods of discipleship. Specifically, he prays for wisdom to produce understanding, light to produce discernment, and understanding to produce hope in God’s great love for his people. This prayer is brilliant as a stand alone prayer, but coupled with the fact that Paul was facing dissenters who mishandled the law to produce false hope, and misunderstood human nature as a thing to be enlightened for salvation, Paul’s prayer makes perfect sense. In our prayers, we must understand what is needed for the people for whom we are interceding. People’s prayers are general and sloppy in their focus, wishing a basic goodwill or providence upon one’s life. Paul demonstrates that our hearts should pray with boldness and specificity. We should be as doctors describing to the Great Physician our intake of the patient of whom we are transferring care.
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts