INTRODUCTIONThe apostle Paul knew the importance of having believers pray for him. Among the things for which he requested prayers, Paul specifically asked for prayer that he might maintain a good conscience, living honestly in all things. He did not trust the condition of his conscience to his own efforts but depended upon the Lord’s willingness to hear and answer the prayers of the saints. Unfortunately, far too many Christians have become entirely self-reliant and self-trusting. As such, fewer believers request or take part in prayer for another man’s conscience. Instead, prayer has generally been reduced to one’s needs whether they are physical, material, or financial. Scriptural Christianity places a greater concern for the conscience.
- (For children): Paul not only asked for prayer to keep a good conscience, he prayed for others to do the same (Philippians 1:9-11; Colossians 1:9-11). Epaphras did likewise (Colossians 4:12). We should follow their example.
- (For everyone): When is the last time you prayed for someone else’s conscience? When did you last ask someone else to pray for you and the protection of your conscience?
- What is the difference between scriptural prayer and the modern prayer exhibited by the average Christian? How does your prayer life match up?
- Ask God to teach you how to pray.
- Ask the Lord to protect the conscience of those you love.
HYMNAPPROACH, MY SOUL, THE MERCY SEAT
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