I have always thought we should be praying for our Church the way Paul Prays in his letters. (Romans 1:7-13; 1 Corinthians 1:3-13)
For my Bible Study, I’ve taken a closer look at Pauls Prayers. The Word always surprises me, how when you study, it reveals the voice of the Lord.
In the letters to both the Roman and Corinthian Churches, he prays very similar prayers.
First, he speaks to all the believers in those churches, and to all the Saints of that time and to us today.
He Thanks God for the Grace, (Salvation), and Peace, that the Lord has bestowed upon us.
That our Faith would be evident to all, that we would be empowered in all utterance and knowledge, that Christ within us, is our Testimony.
He prays always, (without ceasing), he desires that we would receive a ‘Spiritual Gift,’ that we might be established, ready for the Return of Christ Jesus.
There are several lists of Spiritual Gifts.
Apostles, Prophets Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers; for our perfection, for the work of His Ministry through us, to build the body of Christ.
Prophesy, Ministry, Teaching, Exhortation, Giving, Ruling.
The Gifts differ for each of us depending on the Grace given by the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:8-11;
A Word of Wisdom, A Word of Knowledge, Faith, Gifts of Healing, Working of Miracles, Prophecy, Discerning of Spirits, Divers Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues.
The Holy Spirit gives every man several Gifts, according to their ability.
Do you know the Gifts you have? We can request the Gifts needed at our time of need.
A Word of Wisdom or of Knowledge is Wisdom and Knowledge for a specific Situation. It is not the Wisdom and Knowledge he tells us to Pray for in sharing His Word, for building His kingdom, for our daily life.
Paul tells us to desire the best Gifts. (The Gift needed NOW).
We willingly believe we can have most of the Gifts, yet many refuse to ask for the one Talent given to every man who has a voice. The ability to pray the perfect will of God, by praying in the Spirit.
The prayer language of Tongues is not the Gift of Tongues that needs Interpretation. That is the Public speaking of Tongues, not the private Prayer Language.
If you have a question of the difference please ask, the Holy Spirit to make it clear. If you would like the Scriptures to Study, I will send them to you.
The Holy Spirit gives His Gifts, to build the Lord’s Church. When we fail to appropriate them, Church Growth is effected.
Falling Membership, lack of Discipleship, a Powerless, ineffective Witness of Christ. Pray for the Revelation of His will.
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We all have the relationship we want with God. My desire is a more intimate one.
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