This article presents four personally inspiring Bible passage which are prayers of thanksgiving attributed to the apostle Paul (though the exact authorship is not important). They are quoted from the New International Version of the Bible and are easy to read. I have bolded the parts that particularly speak to me, and have also inserted notes in brackets where I see parallels with the other teachings on this website.
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16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened [prayer for increased soul perceptions] in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance [Celestial Kingdom] in the saints, 19 and his incomparably great power [Divine Love that transforms our souls from divine image to divine substance and mortal to immortal] for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, …
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, [again, soul growth and soul perceptions through Divine Love] 17 so that Christ [Divine Love] may dwell in your hearts through faith. [Divine Love in the soul] And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. [all Divine Love here] 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us [this is awesome!], 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, [prayer for growth in Divine Love and soul perceptions] 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God. [righteousness through Divine Love transforming the soul.]
Colossians 1:3-6, 9-14
3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints – 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven [again, Divine Love?] and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel 6 that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth. [Divine Love is a gift of grace] …
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. [again, soul perceptions] 10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. [Celestial Kingdom reached through Divine Love] 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, [Celestial Kingdom of which Jesus is the Master] 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. [through praying for and receiving the Divine Love].
© 2015 Eva Peck
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