Praying for God’s Best

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  • This past Sunday, I continued my exposition on the book of Philippians with a message on the prayer report of Paul recorded in Philippians 1:9-11.

    Here is the sermon skeleton.

    : Praying for God’s Best

    TEXT: Philippians 1:9-11


    THEME: A prayer for spiritual growth and maturity

    POINT: Pray for God’s best. (God accomplishes his best with our partnership through believing prayer.)

    TRANSITIONAL SENTENCE: Philippians 1:9-11 teaches us three ways to pray for God’s best.


    I.    Pray that love may abound (1:9)

         A.    True love goes beyond the boundaries: “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more
         B.    True love stays within the boundaries: “with knowledge and all discernment

            1.    Love should be governed by knowledge.

            2.    Love should be governed by discernment.

    II.    Pray that excellence may prevail (1:10)

        A.    God wants you to know what is best: “so that you may approve what is excellent

        B.    God wants you to do what is best: “and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ

            1.    Live with sincerity

            2.    Live with integrity

    III.    Pray that fruit may grow (1:11)

        A.    The priority of the fruitful life: “filled with the fruit of righteousness

        B.    The power of the fruitful life: “that comes through Jesus Christ

        C.    The purpose of the fruitful life “to the glory and praise of God

           1. We are to exalt the majesty of who God is: “glory

           2. We are to exalt the power of what God has done: “praise


    H.B. Charles Jr.

    Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida.