If you want to pray as an apostle would

Philippians Bible Background

10.05.2015 New Testament: Phi 1.9–11

To read the Bible in a year, read Philippians 1 on October 5, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

How did Christians pray in the first century? Can we pray as they did? Can we know for what they prayed? Do your prayers match their prayers? Listen to what Paul said he prayed for the Philippian congregation,

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God (Philippians 1.9–11). 

Observe the spiritual content of this man of God. He prayed for their love to grow, and that they would be able to approve of excellent things, that they would be sincere and without offense (that they would not offend Christ), and that their lives would have the fruits of righteousness, which would give glory to God.

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