The most important thing we ought to pray about for ourselves and other believers is concerning spiritual growth. And knowledge is the main ingredient of spiritual growth. Jesus prayed for his disciples for the same purpose: “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (Jn.17:3). Peter stated “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen”(2 Pet. 3:18).
The reason for the ministries of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers given to the Body of Christ is to help and ensure believers (saints) grow up in the knowledge of Christ. “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” (Eph. 4:11 -15).
When we pray, we pray with this purpose in mind. Paul’s letters are replete with prayers that center around growing in the knowledge of God. We’ve examined Ephesians 1:17-23 in the previous parts of this teaching series.
Let’s look at more. “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, an increase in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness” (Col. 1:9-11).
“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him, that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Eph. 3:14-20).
This is about the strength that fills our hearts through the comprehension of the love of Christ. He tells us this knowledge passes human intellect, it fills your mind with all the fullness of God. When you have a revelation of God’s love for you, it causes your love for God and others to abound. “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence until the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” (Phil. 1:9-11).
These are New Testament inspired prayer points. You don’t have to export prayer points from just anywhere! We have them clearly written to the church. This is how we pray, with the revelation of God’s Word which leads us to further revelation of God.