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The Prayers of a Prisoner

Various Scriptures from the Apostle Paul

4 - Pray for Power, Ephesians 3:14-21

August 26, 2018 • Josh Lindstrom

The road of discipleship can be long and it is not without bumps and valleys. The apostle Paul was well acquainted with hardship, yet they never knocked him off mission. Like Paul, we need to pray more for deep spiritual power in our own lives; power that comes, not from our own doing or effort, but according to the power at work within us. 1. A prayer to the Father. Ephesians 3:14-15 a. For strength. Ephesians 3:16-17a b. For love. Ephesians 3:17b-19a c. For sanctification. Ephesians 3:19b 2. To the glory of God. Ephesians 3:20-21 Songs: Glorious Day #7081388 by J Ingram, J Smith, K Stanfill, and S Curran © Fellow Ships Music Call Upon The Lord #7051501 by C Brown and S Furtick 2015 © Be Essential Songs Cornerstone #6158927 by W B Bradbury, E Liljero, R Morgan, E Mote, and J Myrin 2011 Hillsong Music Publishing It Is Well [Bethel] #7021972 by H G Spafford, K DiMarco, and P P Bliss 2013 © Bethel Music Do It Again #7067555 by C Brown, M Brock, M Redman, and S Furtick © Music by Elevation Worship Publishing

3 - Pray for Others, Colossians 1:9-14

August 19, 2018 • Josh Lindstrom

All too often our prayers can center around ourselves, our loved ones, or those closest to us. The apostle Paul sets a radical example in that he prayed, often, for those he had never even met! We too should work to ensure our prayers are not self-centered but also include lifting up brothers and sisters in Christ, even though we may have no earthly relationship with them at all. It can begin by praying more for those in our church! 1. Pray for others (v. 9) 2. Pray for their “walk” (vs. 10-14) a. For “fruit” (v. 10b) b. For knowledge (v. 10c) c. For strength (v. 11) d. For gratitude (vs. 12-14) SONGS What A Beautiful Name #7068424 by B Fielding and B Ligertwood 2016 Hillsong Music Publishing Great Are You Lord #6460220 by J Ingram, L Jordan, & D Leonard 2012 Open Hands Music Do It Again #7067555 by C Brown, M Brock, M Redman, & S Furtick © Music by Elevation Worship Publishing Lord I Need You #5925687 by D Carson, M Maher, C Nockels, J Reeves, & K Stanfill 2011 worshiptogether.com songs Build My Life #7070345 by B Younker, K Martin, K Kable, M Redman, & P Barrett © Said And Done Music

2 - Pray for Understanding, Ephesians 1:15-23

August 12, 2018 • Josh Lindstrom

You need not spend much time on the internet to recognize our world can be a cruel and heartless place. If you do, the question can arise, where is God in all of this? As Paul prays for the Ephesians, he prays they would have understanding as to who God is and what he has done for them through Christ. Keeping this at the forefront, our heart gives us hope as we are met with life’s discouragements. 1. A prayer for Christians. (vs. 15-16) 2. Ask for a receptive spirit (v. 17) 3. Ask for a seeing heart (vs. 18-23) a. To know our hope (v. 18b) b. To know our worth (v. 18c) c. To know His power (vs. 19-23) Songs: Unstoppable God #7011436 by C Brown, S Furtick, and W Joye 2014 Sony/ATV Tree Publishing Who You Say I Am #7102401 by B Fielding and R Morgan 2017 Hillsong Music Publishing Stronger #5060810 by B Fielding and R Morgan 2007 Hillsong Publishing Do It Again #7067555 by C Brown, M Brock, M Redman, and S Furtick © Music by Elevation Worship Publishing Great Is Thy Faithfulness #18723 by T O Chisholm, W M Runyan 1923. Renewed 1951 Hope Publishing Company

1 - Pray for Confidence, Philippians 1:9-11

August 5, 2018 • Josh Lindstrom

People often categorize decisions as either “good” or “bad” ones and, sometimes, it is only in hindsight that they can really tell which one it was. In his prayer for the Philippians, Paul encourages them towards not simply “good” decisions, but “excellent” ones. He prays for confidence, that they would know what is excellent and, so informed, be ready for the day of Christ. With so many decisions before us each day, we too need pray more for confidence in our own lives. 1. Ask for guidance (vs. 9-10a) 2. Ask for perspective (v. 10b) 3. Pray with anticipation (v. 11) Songs: Mighty Warrior #7011449 by C Brown, M Ntele, and J Williams 2013 Sony/ATV Tree Publishing Love So Great #7068428 by J Snell, J Grimmett, and R Morgan 2016 Hillsong Music Publishing God With Us (Torwalt) #7054539 by B Torwalt and K Torwalt 2015 © Capitol CMG Genesis Resurrecting #7051507 by C Brown, M Brock, M Ntele, S Furtick & W Joye 2015 © Be Essential Songs God I Look To You #5858163 by J Johnson 2010 Bethel Music