Paul’s prayers. Not including benedictory prayers at the ends of his epistles, Paul records twenty-eight of his prayers! It is nice to trace these prayers through his writings. We are very thankful for them because they give us:
- An insight into the heart of the apostle
- A pattern for the way we should pray.
Thirteen of them are petitions (asking for something).
- Romans 10:1. Praying that Israel would be saved.
- Romans 15:5–6. Praying that the saints would live in harmony and glorify God.
- Romans 15:13. Praying that the saints would be filled with hope.
- Romans 15:30–33. Praying that he would be delivered from the evil plans of the unbelievers, and that the believers in Jerusalem would accept Paul’s ministry.
- 2 Corinthians 13:7–9. Praying to God for the restoration of the Corinthians.
- Ephesians 1:15–23. Praying that the saints would know their spiritual blessings and their future inheritance, and that they would know that God’s resurrection power is now employed on their behalf.
- Ephesians 3:14–21. Praying that we would be built up in the truth and that we would see the Love of Christ underneath it all.
- Philippians 1:9–11. Praying that the saints’ love for one another would grow, that they would reap the spiritual benefits of these actions, and that God would be glorified.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:23. Praying that God would progressively sanctify the saints, and preserve them to the rapture.
- 2 Thessalonians 1:11–12. Praying that God would help them to walk worthy, and to walk in their personal exercises of faith, that ultimately the Name of Christ would be glorified.
- 2 Thessalonians 2:16–17. Praying that God and the Lord Jesus would comfort their hearts amid persecution, and establish them spiritually.
- 2 Thessalonians 3:5. Praying that the Lord would direct their thoughts to the rapture, and to the Lord’s desire to have the saints with Him.
- 2 Timothy 1:16–18. Praying for the Lord’s mercy on the household of a man who sacrificed his family reputation for fellowship with Paul.
Eleven of them are prayers of thanksgiving.
- 1 Corinthians 1:4–9. Thanking God that the saints had been richly endowed with spiritual gifts, praying that God would sustain them to the end.
- 2 Corinthians 1:3–4. Thanking God for His comfort to the apostles and the saints.
- 2 Corinthians 2:14–16. Thanking God that the apostles were able to glorify Christ through every circumstance no matter what the outcome.
- 2 Corinthians 9:15. Thanking God for the gift of His Son.
- Philippians 1:3–5. Thanking God for the saints’ partnership with Paul in the Gospel.
- Colossians 1:3–5. Thanking God for the saints’ love to all the other saints.
- 1 Thessalonians 1:2–3. Thanking God for the saints and for their work of faith and labor of love and patience of hope.
- 1 Thessalonians 2:13. Thanking God that the saints had received the Word fo God as divinely inspired.
- 2 Thessalonians 1:3. Thanking God for the saints, and for their spiritual growth, and the increase of love for one another.
- 1 Timothy 1:12. Thanking the Lord for giving him strength.
- 2 Timothy 1:3–5. Thanking God for Timothy, and his unfeigned faith.
Four of them are a combination of both: a note of thanks, then a request.
- Romans 1:8–10. Thanking God for the saints, praying that he would be able to visit them in person.
- Colossians 1:9–14. Praying for the saints’ spiritual growth, and giving thanks to the Father for the wonderful salvation He has provided.
- 1 Thessalonians 3:9–13. Thanking God for them, and praying that he could see the saints again, that they would be established spiritually, and that they would grow in love for one another.
- Philemon 4–7. Thanking the Lord for Philemon’s faith and love, and praying that he would see God’s work in the hearts of other believers.
Other benedictory prayers are found in: 1 Cor. 16:23; 1 Thess. 5:28; 2 Thess. 3:16; 2 Tim. 4:22; Gal. 6:18; Philemon 25; Phil. 4:23; Titus 3:15.