Maybe it was one of those quick, lightning prayers. Or perhaps he was sharing, in a last-ditch effort to motivate to obedience, what he had already prayed. In either case, the content of his prayer was clear:

Paul replied, “I pray to God that whether in a short or a long time  not only you but also all those who are listening to me today could become such as I am, except for these chains.”
Acts 26.29 NET

Although Paul addressed himself to King Agrippa, for whom the meeting had been arranged, he was aware of and was also speaking to the large assembly gathered to hear him. And although he was supposedly defending himself against Jewish accusations, he preached Christ. His message hit home so much that Agrippa felt the need to deflect Paul’s message by his question about converting in so short a time.

Paul reveals how much he desires both Agrippa’s and all the hearers’ conversions by what he has been praying. Agrippa has rejected the message, but it is possible that someone else is believing his message. Hence, possibly his prayer will be answered.

This is the content of the apostle’s prayer, the salvation of all.

This is also the content of every Christian’s prayer.

Father, may our hearers become as we are, your children, safe from Satan’s temptations, secure in Jesus’ salvation.

Hold this thought: Prayer is a priority in preaching the gospel and necessary to its success.

2 thoughts on “I pray to God

  1. My sermon last Sunday was “a prayer request,” playing off the almost daily prayer requests we receive from others. I turned it back to the church, and asked them to make weekly appt. every Sunday night to pray for: unity in the congregation, OPEN DOORS, and for each member to realize their importance. We can expect as little or as much as what we ask, right? Great catch in that context!

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