Prayers of Paul
The apostle Paul was one of the most renowned pioneering missionaries of the New Testament. Paul’s success throughout the course of his ministry may have many overlooking the commitment he had to prayer in reaching his goals.
Like many of us, Paul had no shortage of challenges and setbacks
When he was beaten he prayed.
When he was imprisoned he prayed
When he was shipwrecked he prayed.
Because of Paul’s consistent prayer habits, he never lost sight of His goals. I believe Paul knew the important role consistent prayer habits had in accomplishing goals. That is why we see a recurring call to prayer found within his letters.
Accomplishing our goals most likely will not have us beaten, imprisoned or shipwrecked, but praying consistently as Paul did will help us to stay the course and accomplish them.
In a world where it is easier to keep silent to avoid criticism from others, we need boldness to speak up and speak out when we experience things that are contrary to what we know is right.
Pray . . . that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel . . . Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
— Ephesians 6:19, 20
Opportunity and Clarity
Pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ . . . Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.
— Colossians 4:3,
Being bold doesn’t mean being brash. Finding the right time to execute your plans and the clarity to present your contribution effectively are things consistent prayer habits can help us to recognize.
The world is a tough place and we all need protection, even from ourselves sometimes.
Pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
— 2 Thessalonians 3:2, 3
The Spread of God’s Word
Pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.
— 2 Thessalonians 3:1
The salvation of all His people is God’s main goal. Our goals align with Gods when we pray for the completion of His plans. Rest assured that when we include God’s goals as a part of our consistent prayer habit, our plans will see their completion with the fulfillment of God’s plans.