PRAYING WITH PAUL: ROMANS 15:3

The Apostle Paul was a man of prayer. His life and his letters are filled with prayers of thanksgiving, intercession, petition, and praise. As we prepare our hearts to gather for worship on Sunday morning, I invite you to join me in praying along with Paul:

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:3)

Now

God we do not want to wait any longer to experience the outpouring of Your presence. We are desperate for You now. We need You on this day, in this hour, in this moment. We need You now. Will You come and meet with us now?

may the God of hope

We need You now because You are the God of hope. You are our hope. You are my hope. Your promises never fail. You keep Your Word forever and always. That is why our hope is in You! You are our rock-solid assurance. You are the anchor for our souls. You are our hope.

fill you with all joy and peace

There is no one else who can fill us with lasting joy and lasting peace. So, fill us with Your joy. In Your presence we experience the fullness of joy! Fill us today so that we are full. Fill every part of us today. For those who are filled with sadness and depression, empty them and fill them instead with joy. For those who are filled with worry and anxiety, empty them and fill them instead with peace. For those who are far from you…those who are wrestling against you…may they turn to You and find forgiveness and life and joy and peace and satisfaction. You sent Jesus so that we could experience life–abundant life! The full life! Bring forth the fruits of joy and peace within us.

as you believe in Him

May a miracle happen within us the moment we believe! The moment we trust You! The moment we turn to You! As we believe in You…and continue to believe in You…we know that You will change us. Apart from You, nothing can happen. But with You, everything can change. The impossible becomes possible! God, we believe but help our belief go deeper and grow stronger. Increase our faith today.

so that you may overflow with hope

We want to be filled so that we will overflow. May we overflow with praise and worship today! Overflow from hearts that love You.  Overflow from our lips that sing praises to You. Overflow from our hands that are stretched up to You. Overflow so that people will proclaim, “God is in this place!” Overflow into our homes. Overflow into our workplace. Overflow into our Mondays. Overflow so that others will begin to seek You. Overflow so that people will ask us about the hope that is within us! Overflow!

by the power of the Holy Spirit

Answer our prayers by the power of the Holy Spirit that lives within us. Come to us like a mighty rushing wind. Make Your presence known to us today. Allow us to feel the power of the Holy Spirit. We are waiting for You. Come, just as You promised!

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