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Pray Also For Me

Paul means “humble.” Some scholars think Paul chose his name to remind himself who he wanted to be.

Paul lived his name. After asking the church to pray for all the saints in Ephesians 6:18, he went on, “Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.” Paul, who was shipwrecked, bitten by snakes, beaten, chained, jailed, stoned, run out of towns and eventually martyred for Jesus, didn’t consider himself a saint.

As he sat in chains for preaching the Gospel, Paul asked his church family to pray for him to declare God’s word fearlessly. He didn’t see himself as a giant of the faith. He was his name — humble — a servant like everybody else in the body of Christ. He knew he could not change lives on his own, but needed God’s supernatural power working through him. 

Our job as followers of Jesus is to use the gifts God gave us to serve others. God will do the saving, the changing, the transforming. As we serve, let’s not allow pride to creep in and destroy the beautiful work God is accomplishing. Let’s be Paul. Let’s watch God work incredible spiritual growth in those around us and let Him have the credit for it.

Reflect:

  • How have you seen pride get in the way of God’s work?
  • How have you been humble in service advancing God’s work?
  • For what work that God is doing or has done can you celebrate and give Him credit?

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