If Jesus tells us to go and pray to our heavenly Father in secret, should I ever tell others that I have been praying for them? In this lab, Pastor John answers by looking at Paul’s letter to the Philippians.
Principle for Bible Reading
Turn Bible Study into Prayer
We all need to be reminded from time to time that the Bible is not a text to be merely dissected, analyzed, and mined for new insights. God dissects us through his word: “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
Therefore, our Bible study must be inseparable from prayer. Our engagement with a text is not complete when we understand the passage. Pray God’s word. Pray prayers inspired by God’s word. Pray that God would change you by his word.
- Do you tell people how you specifically pray for them? Why or why not?
- Does Paul tell the Philippians how he prays for them (Philippians 1:9–11)? What does he pray for?
- What reasons does Pastor John give for why we should share specific prayer requests with people? Who can you tell you’re praying for them this week?