Three Prayers from Paul (2 of 15) by Daniel Rodgers

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Three Prayers from Paul (2 of 15)
The Book of Philippians: A Verse by Verse Study
Dan Rodgers
Philippians 1:8-19
3/10/04

INTRODUCTION:

With our beginning lesson last week, we had three points: Paul's Greeting, His Prayer and His Confidence: He was confident they were saved (vs. 6a), and then he was confident they were eternally saved (vs. 6b). Tonight, as we move ahead with our study, I would like to give you another three points to consider:

I. A Prayer for Knowledge
II. A Prayer for Understanding
III. A Prayer for Freedom

I. A PRAYER FOR KNOWLEDGE (VV. 8-11)

In (vs.8) Paul expresses his deep compassion and love for the Philippians. He said, "I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ"--with the love of Christ.

"Bowels" refer to the seat of emotions, generally thought of as the upper part of the body--the heart and lungs. We've often heard someone say, "My heart hurts for you." This was Paul--these were his feelings for the saints. In (vs.9), Paul goes on to say, "And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment." In other words, the love you have for Christ and for one another will abound accordingly, as you have more Scriptural knowledge, and as you exercise proper, spiritual judgment.

Increasing in knowledge. The increase of knowledge will come from two sources: The Word of God.

Ps 119:105, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."

Prov 2:6, "For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding."

QUOTE: Charles Spurgeon once said concerning the Bible, "There is gold in the rocks that fringe the Pass of the Splugen, gold even in the stones that mend the roads, but there is too little of it to be worth extracting. Alas, how like too many books and sermons! Not so the Scriptures; they are much fine gold, and their very dust is precious.1

The more a man loves and reads the Word of God, the more he will learn to lo ...


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