Prayers of the Apostles
REVELATION OF JESUS SO WE WALK IN OUR CALLING/DESTINY BY GOD’S POWER
17that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know (experience) what is the hope to which he has called you (assurance/clarity of God’s call for our life), what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, (our destiny as Jesus’ inheritance), 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might (Eph. 1:17-19)
RECEIVE THE SPIRIT’S POWER > JESUS’ PRESENCE IN US> TO KNOW GOD’S LOVE
16that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,17so that Christ may dwell (manifest His presence) in your hearts through faith- that you, being rooted and grounded in love,18may have strength to comprehend (experience) with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
FOR GOD’S LOVE TO ABOUND BY KNOWING GOD > RIGHTEOUSNESS
9And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10so that you may approve (rejoice in) what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
KNOW GOD’S WILL, BE FRUITFUL AND STRENGTHENED BY INTIMACY WITH GOD
9And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,10so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy
FOR UNITY IN THE CHURCH. BE FILLED WITH JOY, PEACE AND HOPE
5May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 13May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Rom. 15:5-6, 13)
TO BE ENRICHED BY ALL GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT
5that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge—6even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you—7so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Cor. 1:5-8)
GRACE TO BRING CHURCH TO MATURITY TO ABOUND IN LOVE AND HOLINESS
12and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 13so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
(1 Thes. 3:12-13)
TO BE WORTHY TO WALK IN THE FULNESS OF OUR DESTINY IN GOD
11To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 12so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
(2 Thes. 1:11-12)