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Paul, The Man of Prayer

Paul, The Man of Prayer

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PAUL, THE MAN OF PRAYER
TALK PRESENTED DURING THE PAULINE WEEK OF ST.JUDE’S PARISH 
BY REV. FR. MICHAEL UMAMEH
For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yes {Answer} inHim {Christ}. For this reason we also utter the Amen {So be it} to God throughHim to the glory of God {2Cor 1:20}.Pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of Prayer and Request. Tothat end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all Holy Ones(Eph 6:18).Only in the Spirit through the Son can we return to the God who has movedto us in his Son. For Paul, Prayer is Trinitarian. The Holy Spirit is the spiritualspace, the life sustaining presence, in which we are able to be in touch with Godand with Christ.It is our relationship, with the three divine persons that inspires us to prayand elicit answers from God for us. Hence, we who are led by the Spirit (Rom 8:2)are united with Christ as joint heirs (Rom. 8:14). Crying “Abba Fathers” withassurance guaranteed in Christ.This Trinitarian foundation is central to understanding Pauline teaching onPrayer and allowing his Prayerful life to inspire us and teach us as a Family of God’s Children.
WHAT IS PRAYER?
Prayer is the raising up of a humble mind and a contrite heart to a generousGod or requesting of good things from God.For Paul therefore, Prayer is a gift, a covenant a common and above allliving relationship of the children of God with their Father who is good beyondmeasure, with his Son Jesus Christ and with Holy Spirit, for the good of oneself 
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and the entire creation. It is equally a habit of being in the presence of God and inCommunion with him and all those who are called by his name.In the light of other writings of St. Paul, Prayers is a loving, humble andtrusting commitment of intimacy with God in Christ. All want to know is Christand to Experience the Power of his resurrection (Philip 3:10). It is a watchfulness, being attentive to Him, looking up to God, asking in Jesus’ name in the power of the Holy Spirit.Jesus and the Father have the same Spirit, are one in One Spirit (Phil 1:19)and their spirit guides us moves us (Rom. 8:14) and help us in our Prayer. Whenwe cannot find words to pray well, the Spirit himself expresses Our Prayers in away beyond words … and the Prayers expressed by the Spirit accord with themind of God.Jesus and the Father are One Remaining in Jesus through his Sprit, I remainunited with the Father and I can go prayerfully to him as his Child because I havethe spirit of his Son.In Paul, Prayer with this understanding is always, effective, efficacious and productive.
PRAYER IN THE LIFE OF ST. PAUL
Paul himself was not only engaged in Prayers but also spoke of them, asliving in the presence of God with the earnest duty of communing with him inAdoration, Praise, Thanksgiving and Supplication. Three aspects of prayeemerges in the life of St. Paul.1.Prayers for others individually or as a whole.2.Prayed for Himself and His Missions.3.Stimulates Others to Pray.A.
PRAYERS FOR OTHERS
Paul sent by God to the People to announce the divine message, will oftenspeak to God in his Prayer for the people, thus continuing his role as an
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intercessor. For Paul Christians have a responsibility of Pray for and challenge for Pray for others. … And intercede for the Saints according to the will of God (Rom8:27) Intercession he who prays looks not only to his own interest, but also to theinterest of others even to the point of praying for those who do him harm. (Phil2:4).Pray at all times, be thankful in all Circumstances. This what God wantsfrom you in your life in union with Christ Jesus (1Thess 5:17-18). The intercessionof Christian has no boundaries;I urge that Petitions, Prayers, requests, and Thanksgiving be offered to Godfor all Peoples for kings and all others who are in authority ( ).Paul besides asking for Prayer for others Prayed for God’s intervention in amiraculous way that would bring conversion, increase in faith, guidance, healingand Peace among his new faith community. I remember you in My Prayers (Eph.1:16) and Every time I pray for you all, I pray with Joy (Phil 1:4).B.
PRAYER FOR HIMSELF
“I was given a painful physical ailment … Three times I prayed to the Lordabout this and asked him to take it away (2Cor. 12:7-8). Paul most of the timestook out time to Pray for his mission and went as far as asking god for relief fromthe afflictions and infirmities of his life. In his weakness, Prayer was a greatsupport and consolation.Paul believed that his successes in mission and effectiveness of his work  plan were as a result of answered. Prayers thus he could say by the grace of God. Iam what I am (1Cor. 15:10). Brothers Pray for us too (1Thess 5:24).For Paul then God’s grace, so richly promised, was made operative andefficient only by Prayer “This prayer is a Spiritual energy which makes way for and brings into factual realization the promises of God. And God’s Promises cover all things that pertain to life and godliness, body and soul, time and Eternity. These promises are God’s golden, fruits, to be pluched by the hand of Prayer.
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