Praying Powerful Prayers – FREE Printable Prayer Guide

Praying Powerful Prayers – FREE Printable Prayer Guide on Philippians 1 Apostolic Prayer

Last week I posted about How to Pray Powerful Prayers. This post was specifically on praying the apostolic prayer of Paul in Ephesians 1.   I also listed why using the apostolic prayer language in our prayers is so important and powerful.  Today I wanted to continue this prayer series on praying powerful prayers looking at my favorite biblical apostolic prayer: Philipians 1:9-11

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Philippians 1 – Praying Powerful Prayers – Free Printable Prayer Guide focusing on Philippians 1

Philippians 1-Free Printable Prayer Guide


That Love May Abound Still More and More

I find this is beautiful language to pray over my marriage and relationships…or the relationships of my daughters.  That love would abound, increase and spill over. That as I grow in the knowledge of my husband, friend, etc my love would grow more and more with every day and year that passes.  It pairs wonderfully with the verse asking the Holy Spirit to shed His love abroad in our hearts.  Because it’s from the overflow and source of His love that we love..

That You May Approve the Things That Are Excellent

This is great to pray when you or someone you know has a difficult decision.  Or maybe they are just going through a difficult season making choices that do not line up with the wisdom of God. It’s also just generally a good prayer to pray over yourself, your family, your children. This way by God’s grace and wisdom, the choices that we or they make will line up with God’s perfect will for their lives; so that we will be blessed making choices that keep us on the narrow way and that are loving.

Here are the study notes that focus on the different parts of these verses. I got them here.

Prayer for God’s love to abound in our heart resulting in discernment and righteousness.

And this I pray, that YOUR LOVE MAY ABOUND still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may APPROVE THE THINGS THAT ARE EXCELLENT, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being FILLED WITH THE FRUITS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God (Phil. 1:9-11).

  • That your love may abound still more and more – ever-increasing love in our hearts
    • The path of the just shines ever brighter unto perfection
    • But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. (Proverbs 4:18)
    • Believers abounding in excellence in every gift
    • But as you abound in everything– in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us– see that you abound in this grace also. (2 Corinthians 8:7)
    • Abounding more and more unto pleasing God
    • Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; (1 Thessalonians 4:1)
    • Thanksgiving for ever-increasing faith and love
    • We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, (2 Thessalonians 1:3)
    • Other scriptures – Job 17:9; Matthew 13:31-33; Philippians 3:15-16; 1 Thessalonians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10; Philemon 6; 1 Peter 1:22
  • In knowledge – experiential knowledge of the person of Christ
    • The need for maturity in understanding
    • Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature. (1 Corinthians 14:20)
    • Be wise, understanding the Lord’s will
    • Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (Ephesians 5:17)
    • Filled with the knowledge of His will
    • For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; (Colossians 1:9)
    • New man renewed in knowledge according to Christ’s image
    • and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, (Colossians 3:10)
    • Other scriptures – 2 Peter 1:5-6; 2 Peter 3:18
  • And all discernment –
  • The King prays for an understanding heart to govern the people
  • “Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (1 Kings 3:9)
  • The spiritual man discerns unsavory things
  • Is there injustice on my tongue? Cannot my taste discern the unsavory? (Job 6:30)
  • The ear discerns words as the mouth tastes food
  • For the ear tests words as the palate tastes food. (Job 34:3)
  • Using discernment to test and keep the good
  • Test all things; hold fast what is good. (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
    • Other scriptures – 2 Samuel 14:17; 1 Kings 3:11; Isaiah 7:15; Romans 14:1; 1 Corinthians 2:14-15;
  • That you may approve the things that are excellent – examining and agreeing with the excellence of the Lord
    • This comes from the mind being renewed in God’s Word
    • And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)
    • Walk in light, and discover what pleases the Lord
    • For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:8-10)
    • Training the senses through use to discern excellence
    • But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:14)
    • Test every spirit to approve excellence
    • Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)
    • Other scriptures – 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 1 Thessalonians 5:21; Revelation 2:2
  • That you may be sincere – tested as genuine by the light of the sun
    • Fear the Lord, and serve Him with sincerity and truth
    • “Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD! (Joshua 24:14)
    • Nathanael seen by Jesus Christ as being without deceit
    • Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!” (John 1:47)
    • Speak sincerely in the sight of God in Christ
    • For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ. (2 Corinthians 2:17)
    • Hearts established blameless in holiness
    • so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints. (1 Thessalonians 3:13)
    • Other scriptures – Acts 24:16; 2 Corinthians 1:12; 2 Corinthians 8:8; Ephesians 4:15; Philippians 1:16
  • And without offense – not stumbling over anything God chooses to do or permit
    • Jesus is a sanctuary to His own, but an offense to unbelievers
    • He will be as a sanctuary, but a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, as a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. (Isaiah 8:14)
    • Not to be offended at the mystery of God’s ways
    • “And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” (Matthew 11:6)
    • Knowledge of Jesus keeps us from offense at His ways
    • Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. As it is written: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, and whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” (Romans 9:32-33) orinthians 1:23 – The stumbling block of the cross of Christ
    • Other scriptures – Matthew 26:33; 1 Corinthians 1:18; Galatians 5:11; 1 Peter 2:8
  • Till the day of Christ – the culmination of natural history at the appearing of Jesus
    • Blameless in the day of Christ
    • who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:8)
    • Work of Holy Spirit in our lives completed unto that day
    • being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; (Philippians 1:6)
    • Rejoicing in the day of Christ that our race was not in vain
    • holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. (Philippians 2:16)
    • The sudden appearing of the day of the Lord
    • But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. (2 Peter 3:10)
  • Being filled with the fruits of righteousness – the effects of the Holy Spirit working in our hearts
    • Planted in the Lord’s House, we bear fruit into old age
    • Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing, (Psalm 92:13-14)
    • The pruning work of the Holy Spirit to increase fruitbearing
    • “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. (John 15:2)
    • Appointed by the Lord to bear fruit that remains
    • “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. (John 15:16)
    • Fruit of righteousness comes to those who embrace discipline
    • Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:11)
    • Other scriptures – Psalm 1:3; Isaiah 5:2; Luke 13:6-9; John 15:8; Romans 6:22; Romans 15:28; 2 Corinthians 9:10; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:9; Philippians 4:17; Colossians 1:6,10; James 3:17-18
  • Which are by Christ Jesus – the work of His hands upon our lives
    • His work in us that He may be glorified
    • Also your people shall all be righteous; they shall inherit the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified. (Isaiah 60:21)
    • The planting of the Lord for His own glory
    • To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:3)
    • Fruit borne through abiding in Christ
    • “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
    • We are His workmanship, created for good works
    • For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
    • Other scriptures – Isaiah 61:11; Hebrews 13:15-16; 1 Peter 4:10-11
  • To the glory and praise of God – that He is honored and beautified by our lives
    • Our fruitbearing to the Father’s glory
      • “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. (John 15:8)
    • Our purpose is to be to the praise of His glory
    • that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. (Ephesians 1:12)
    • Our purchase and redemption results in praise to His glory
    • who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. (Ephesians 1:14)
    • Our lives glorify God in the time of visitation
    • having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. (1 Peter 2:12)


Resources That I Want to Share with Friends:

This book by Tim Keller looks awesome. Since it’s on prayer, I thought I would share with you in this post.  He’s one of my favorite pastors to listen to, very anointed for being so nerdy.  Check out some of my Favorite Sermons post if you would rather listen to some of his material.

This is a beautiful soaking hour that I found on YouTube. It would be great to sit quietly and just let it play over your soul.  I needed so much of what she sang. I pray it blesses you.

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