HELP ME TO GROW EACH DAY
I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.
Philippians 1:9-11 NLT
Throughout his letter to the Philippians, Paul lets them know that he is praying for them. He tells them the specifics of what he is praying. I believe this is a powerful prayer that could be used as a template for our prayers as well. There are four things Paul asks for the Philippians in his prayer: growing in love, knowledge, understanding, and fruitfulness.
Let’s start with growing in love. This is not an earthly or sensual love. It is “agape” love. This is an expression of God’s love working in and through us. There are some people we can love naturally. There are others that require the Holy Spirit to empower us to love them. Paul is praying that every believer would be growing in love. Growing in our acceptance and respect for every human being.
He then asks for growth in knowledge. We can never arrive when it comes to knowledge. The pace of information that is being discovered every day is mind blowing. There are also new revelations about God that our minds have not yet understood or fully grasped. Every day we need to grow in our knowledge of God by spending time in His Word.
Third, Paul asks for growth in understanding. This is important because this is the ability to put the knowledge into practical application. There are a lot of people with head knowledge that haven’t figured out what to do with what they know. We need the Holy Spirit to show us how to turn information into action.
Finally, Paul asks for growth in fruitfulness. This is the character of Christ being developed within us. In John 15 Jesus tells us that if we abide in Him, we will be fruitful. We will become like Him. The more time I spend with Jesus the more like Jesus I become. The more like Jesus I become, the greater my impact on others for His kingdom. I will produce the fruit of Jesus’ character in my life and that will attract others into His kingdom.
I challenge you to make it your prayer to grow in love, knowledge, understanding, and fruitfulness. If there is not growth in these areas perhaps, we should ask the Holy Spirit to show us what is blocking our growth.
Holy Spirit help me to grow daily. Help me to grow daily in love, knowledge, understanding, and fruitfulness.
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