"And this is my prayer: that your love may abound
more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,
so that you may be able to discern what is best
and may be pure and blameless until the day of
Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness
that comes through Jesus Christ-to the glory and
praise of God." Philippians 1:9-11
Paul wrote these words to "all the saints in Christ
Jesus at Philippi" (verse 1). His prayer was that
through the love they received from God, that they
would abound in love. This would make it possible to:
1. grow in knowledge (God's knowledge)
2. have deeper insight (only comes from the Holy
3. have discernment of what is best
4. be pure
5. be blameless (living a life that honors God)
6. live a righteous life (choosing right)
He says that all of this comes through Jesus Christ.
Apart from Jesus, we can only try to make these things
happen but we will fail. When we allow Jesus to
be the Lord of our lives, these all are possible.
The entire reason is summed up in the last part of
these verses. All of this is to bring praise and
glory to God. The Holy Spirit helps us, Jesus intercedes
for us and God receives the glory!
Let's apply these verses to our lives and pray this
prayer for those around us. This should be our desire
until we meet God face to face!