May 29 A Life-Changing Prayer

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:10–15

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 3:13

Each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.

The prayer that the apostle Paul offered for the church is a powerful model for any believer to follow on behalf of others. This life-changing prayer will impact you as well as those whom you lift to the Father, asking that they

  • May be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. One of the major steps of knowing God’s will is knowing His Word, which provides guidance in every imaginable situation. You are asking God to make clear His perfect and precise will for every decision. He numbers the hairs of our heads, so He certainly has an interest in the details of our lives, including every decision we make.
  • May walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. First Corinthians 3:10–15 details the believer’s judgment, when Christ will determine whether the weight of the believer’s life was more eternal than temporal. When you ask the Lord to help someone walk in a manner worthy of Him, you are asking Him to help make that person’s life count for eternity. Refined gold, silver, and precious stones—whatever we have done in the Spirit—are worth exponentially more than the ashes produced by a life of wood, hay, and straw.
  • May bear fruit in every good work. When Christ is the center of your life, then your character, conduct, and conversation should bear fruit unto His kingdom. Asking God for His Holy Spirit’s assistance is an indication of a sincere desire to live for the Lord and obey His Word.

Lord, I want to be filled with the knowledge of Your will. I want to walk in a manner worthy of You. I want to bear fruit in every good work.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 156). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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