We pray for the things that are important to us

This past Sunday I preached a sermon on prayer from Ephesians 6. At one point I mentioned that Paul, who was writing the letter from prison, asked the Ephesians to pray for him that he might proclaim the message of the gospel with boldness. This is amazing because in 6:20 he says, “For this I am an ambassador in chains.” Even as he recognized his present situation (in custody for preaching), he did not ask them to pray that he might be released. In our day, we would immediately begin to pray for Paul’s release from prison. So, it is fascinating to me that Paul is not thinking the way we think. He had a completely different focus.
As I thought about this since Sunday, one question has remained for me: Why did he ask for people to pray for boldness to preach rather than freedom from his imprisonment?
As soon as I asked that question, it hit me. We pray for the things that are important to us. We ask others to pray for the things that are most important to us. What was most important to Paul was spreading the gospel.
It made me wonder: What do I want most? What do I spend most of my time praying about? Because what I pray about is what I really care about.

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One Response to “We pray for the things that are important to us”

  1. Ramiro says:

    Excellent point Bro Wes, honestly, we not all like Paul. We are a “me-centered” society. It is amazing how we as His children loose focus on the kingdom that He entrusted to us.

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