What is an apostolic prayer?
An apostolic prayer is a type of prayer found in the New Testament that was either prayed or written by an apostle. These prayers typically express the apostles’ desire for believers to grow in their faith and knowledge of God, as well as their desire for God to work in and through the believers to accomplish His purposes. Examples of apostolic prayers in the New Testament include Paul’s prayers in Ephesians 1:15-23 and 3:14-21, as well as his prayer in Colossians 1:9-14.
Here are a few examples of apostolic prayers found in the New Testament:
- Ephesians 1:15-23 – Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians, asking God to give them wisdom and revelation in knowing Him better and the hope to which He has called them, and that they may know the greatness of God’s power toward those who believe.
- Colossians 1:9-14 – Paul’s prayer for the Colossians, asking God to fill them with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, that they may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way.
- Philippians 1:9-11 – Paul’s prayer for the Philippians, asking that their love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that they may be able to discern what is best and be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.
- 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 – Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians, asking God to fulfill their every good purpose and faith by His power, so that the name of Jesus may be glorified in them and them in Him.
- 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 – Paul’s thanksgiving and prayer for the Corinthians, giving thanks for the grace of God given to them in Christ Jesus, and asking that they may be strengthened in every way, so that they may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Romans 15:5-6 – Paul’s prayer for unity among the believers, asking God to grant them to live in harmony with one another, according to Christ Jesus, so that together they may with one voice glorify the God and Father of their Lord Jesus Christ.
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