Prayers from Philippians
But whatever were gains to me, I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8
What is more, I consider everything a loss
because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord,
for Whose sake I have lost all things.
I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9
and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law,
but that which is through faith in Christ —
the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10
I want to know Christ — yes, to know the power of His resurrection
and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, 11
and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
~ Phil. 3:7
This is a most extraordinary passage which leads us to an extraordinary prayer. Paul considers everything (including his religious upbringing) as rubbish (he uses a stronger word!) compared with knowing Christ. And then the man who is responsible for a third of the New Testament and planting most of the NT churches says his desire is to know Christ! What he means is not that he is ignorant of Christ – but that there is so much more to know. That should be our prayer – that we would know Jesus better.
Petition: Please join with us in praying for:
- Pakistan – The number of confirmed cases is 13,328, with 281 deaths of those with Covid-19.
The mosques are still open. But the country has not developed Covid-19 as quickly as expected.
It is in lockdown until at least the end of this week.
- New South Wales – now has 3,004 cases (up 51 from a week ago), with 34 deaths.
Only two new cases were reported in the past 24 hours.
Australia has a whole has gone up to 6,713 (up 10 in a day). There have been 83 deaths (up 3). 5,539 people have recovered (up 167). 115 are in hospital (42 in ICU).
- Universities and their staff as they come to terms with the new reality of having to provide services without significant income from overseas students.
- Christian radio and TV – as they seek to produce material with limited resources and in constrained circumstances.
- That all Christians would have the longing and desire of Paul to know Christ better.
A Prayer of Repentance:
O Lord Jesus, to know You is to love You.
We boast about our knowledge of You, and yet we know so little.
Grant that this time of crisis would be a time where, by Your Spirit through Your word,
You will reveal Yourself more to us.
A Prayer of Thanksgiving:
O Lord Jesus – we thank You that You want to be known.
That You came to make the Father known.
That You have sent Your Spirit – the Comforter, the Counsellor to guide us into that knowledge.
We bless You for Your Word – which reveals You to us –
without error, without confusion and without us needing a degree to understand It!
Lord, help us to use Word and Spirit to know You, in Christ’s name. Amen.
Daily devotions by David Robertson via Christians United — COVID19 Call to Prayer.
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