By Arthur W. Pink
Bible expositor Arthur purple supplies us a close examine the prayers of Paul displaying us not just tips on how to pray, yet giving us better perception into Paul himself, his courting with God, and the folk he served.
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Extra resources for Ability of God. Prayers of the Apostle Paul
With my spirit”: not hypocritically from greed, nor formally, but from the very depths of Paul’s being—willingly, heartily, joyously. “In the gospel of his Son” is the counterpart of “a servant of Jesus Christ … separated unto the gospel of God” (Romans 1:1). “That without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers” made known Paul’s constancy. His rejoicing over and praying for them was no evanescent spasm but an enduring thing. Paul had called upon God as his Witness that his “without ceasing” was no exaggeration.
After a most trying and hazardous voyage, Paul arrived in Rome a prisoner in chains! Yet see Acts 28:30–31 for the measure of liberty accorded him. “For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established” (Romans 1:11). This is not a part of Paul’s prayer, yet it is intimately connected with it, for it makes known what prompted his request, why he so desired to see them. Paul’s longing was that of spiritual affection, as a comparison with Philippians 2:26 and 2 Timothy 1:4 shows (the same Greek word occurs in all three).
Thus, broadly speaking, prayer includes confession of sin, petitions for the supply of our needs, and the homage of our hearts unto the Giver Himself. Or, we may say prayer’s principal branches are humiliation, supplication, and adoration. Hence we hope to embrace within the scope of this series not only passages such as Ephesians 1:16–19 and 3:14–21 but also such verses as 2 Corinthians 1:3 and Ephesians 1:3. ” Other references might be given, but let this suffice. The incense which was offered in the tabernacle and temple consisted of various spices compounded together (Exodus 30:34–35), and it was the blending of one with another that made the perfume so fragrant and refreshing.
Ability of God. Prayers of the Apostle Paul by Arthur W. Pink