Prayers for all Occasions, Needs, and Intentions
THANKSGIVINGS AND BLESSINGS OF ST. PAUL
Paulís letters (and those sometimes attributed to him, such as Ephesians) include the standard address of the day (names of the sender and addressee, and a greeting), but often with additions to describe the apostolic mission. Instead of a secular greeting, Paul includes the wish for the spiritual gifts poured out in Christ. He usually includes a prayer using Christian thanksgiving formulas, sometimes integrating a blessing.
Paul'sí Prayers of Thanksgiving
Paul'sí Prayers of Thanksgiving
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the world. For God, whom I serve with my spirit by announcing the gospel of his Son, is my witness that without ceasing I remember you always in my prayers, asking that by Godís will I may somehow at last succeed in my prayers, asking that by Godís will I may somehow at last in succeed in coming to you. For I am longing to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen you, or rather so that we may be mutually encouraged by each otherís faith, both yours and mine.
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind, just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you, so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; who called you into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory may give you a spirit a/wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. Cod put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his fret and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in Godís grace with me, both in my imprison≠ment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.
our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love
that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in
heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the
gospel that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in
the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the
day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God This you learned
from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of
Christ on your behalf and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of Godís will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers,
constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and
labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we
know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because
our mes≠sage of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in
power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; We must always give
thanks to God fir you, brothers and sisters, as is right, because your
faith is growing abundantly, and the love of everyone of you for one
another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast of you among the
churches of God fir your steadfastness and faith during all your
persecutions and the afflictions that you are enduring.
This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, and is intended to make you worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering. For it is indeed just of God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to give relief to the afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, separated from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, when he comes to be glorified by his saints and to be marveled at on that day among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. To this end we always pray for you, asking that our God will make you worthy of his call and will fulfill by his power every good resolve and work of faith, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessings of St. Paul
May the God of steadfastness and encouragement, grant you to live in harmony with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord JesusÖMay the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit... The God of peace be with all of you. Amen.
15:5-6, 13, 33
Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret fir long ages but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith, to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.
I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthen in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Peace be to the whole community, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who have an undying love for our Lord Jesus Christ.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things you have learned and received and heard and see in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
To this end we always pray for you, asking that our God will make you worthy of his call, and will fulfill by his power every good resolve and work of faith, that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with all of you.
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Other New Testament Blessings
Now may the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make you complete in everything good so that you may do his will, working among us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Öthe God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.
Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Fatherís Son, in truth and love.
May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance.
Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time, now and forever.
John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of earth. To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (top)