One of the disciplines of my life is also one of my most enjoyable luxuries. I get up every morning about 5 or 5:30 am. Yes, that means I go to bed about 9 or 9:30 pm at night. But that quiet time in the morning is precious to me. I get to spend some solid time with the Lord . . . and a cup of coffee.
What I especially appreciate is that I can work slowly and progressively on preaching and teaching assignments that are coming up. So, for example, while I’m here in Myanmar, I get to preach to the students at South East Bible College on this topic of praying for others. Working on my daily blog helps me think through this topic and gradually develop the material I pray will be useful to them. I deeply appreciate your reading my blog and praying for me as I spend time in God’s Word.
We’re suggesting the following outline:
I. Paul’s Strategic Commitment to Pray for Others (v. 9)
Then we notice —
II. Paul’s Specific Content in His Praying for Others (vv. 9-12)
We’ve seen Paul’s first request (of the seven we will consider) for these believers and it is that they would be —
A. Filled with a Knowledge of His Will (v. 9)
Let’s notice his second request for them. It is that they would —
B. Live a Life Worthy of the Lord (v. 10)
What does it mean to “live a life worthy of the Lord”? Negatively, it means we don’t live in such a way that the Lord would be ashamed of us or embarrassed by our conduct. We strive to lead godly, Christ-focused, intentional lives before Him. We don’t let life simply pass us by or slip through our fingers. We look at each day as another opportunity to nudge people toward the Kingdom of God, to be salt and light in our tasteless and dark world, to personally rejoice in our salvation. We refuse to let our hours and days just tumble down the hourglass of time without our consciously choosing to use that time for Him. We “find out what pleases the Lord” (Ephesians 5:10) — and we get to it! Positively, we want the Lord to be proud of us. That’s a bit — it seems to me — of what it means to “live a life worthy of the Lord.”
There’s a great story about the late Howard Hendricks, esteemed professor emeritus of Dallas Theological Seminary. He asked a student to open the class in prayer and the student prayed, “Lord, we know that we are worthless creatures and . . .” Dr. Hendricks interrupted the student’s prayer and said, “Son, the word you want is ‘unworthy.’ We are not ‘worthless.’ You may now finish your prayer.”
Pray for someone else today that they would live a life worthy of the Lord! And ask the Lord to help you do the same. (to be continued)