The author exhorts his readers to pray for him.

We look at prayer, at the way in which prayer fits in with the sovereign plan of God and in particular at the manner of prayer which will be heard of the Lord, and that which will not.

We see the crucial part prayer plays in the life of the church and that it is because of the lack of a spirit of true prayer that the church and the nation are in their present condition.

We are strongly encouraged to pray and to make the most of every opportunity we have for prayer - personal prayer, family prayer and corporate prayer as a church.

Finally, we see that the author gives two reasons why the readers should pray for him:

  • that he is sincerely endeavoring to walk with the Lord and to fulfill his calling. A successful ministry is normally marked by a sincere man who is prayed for by the people of God.
  • that he might be restored to them to minister to them, a mark of his sincerity.

Therefore we should pray that our spiritual leaders may be godly, may have a sincere heart in their service, and that they might remain among us for our benefit.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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