I owe this to Carolyn Headley, and her Grove Book on Liturgy and Spiritual Formation (Worship Series 143).

She notes that if you put together the things that Paul prays for at the beginning of each of his letters you get an amazing description of what a mature Christian might look like. It challenges me to pray for those in my care (and for myself) that God will help us grow like this.

Just have a read…and be amazed!

Paul prays for those who believe…

that Christ: would dwell in their hearts and his power would fulfil in them every good purpose.

that God: would fill them with knowledge of his will;
give spiritual wisdom and understanding;
sanctify them through and through;
encourage their hearts; give them a spirit of unity;
strengthen them in every good deed and word;
be glorified in them and them glorified in God;
and keep them blameless at the coming of Christ.

that they: would be brought to perfection;
be filled with the spirit of wisdom and revelation;
have their hearts enlightened to know the hope to which they are called and the riches of God’s grace;
have strength in the inner being;
know God better;
be rooted and grounded in love;
know the love of God;
live a life worthy of their calling;
bear fruit both in work and in knowledge;
be strengthened with power;
have endurance and patience;
overflow with hope;
be filled with joy and peace in believing;
and joyfully give thanks to the Father.