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How to avoid spiritual nearsightedness

I have been inspired by the latest sermon from my pastor, Mike Rue at our local church, Calvary Baptist Church, to do a short blog posting. The sermon series is a verse by verse study of the second epistle of Peter titled “Know”, as in to difference-between-nearsighted-and-farsighted“know” God. This past Sunday we delved into chapter 1 verses 3-11. I know it seems like a large chunk of scripture to bite off at once, but the context seems to warrant the large bite. The section of verses teaches the believer how to recognize and experience spiritual growth. During the sermon the one verse that attracted my focus was verse 9.

For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.

The context of this verse is a counter that refers to the qualities that mark the believer in Christ mentioned in the previous verses. A growing Christian should be one who supplements their faith in Christ with virtue, and virtue, with knowledge, and knowledge, with self-control, and self-control, with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. As Peter mentions in verse 8:

For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Just like The apostle John writes in 1 John 5. He writes these things so that you may know that you have eternal life. The apostle Peter also gives us encouragement in what are qualities of the believer in Jesus Christ. I pray that these qualities are found in me and by the grace of God increase my vision to 20/20.

 

Prayer priorities

This morning Pastor Pat delivered a wonderful message from the Lord about the priorities of praying. He started by asking a couple of thought provoking questions.

When you are praying for another believer what do you pray for the most?

If you wanted someone to pray for you what would be at the top of your list?

What is the most important thing in your life? Is it your job, family, or your health, etc?

He had us turn to Colossians 1:9-14 in the bible and there we found that we should be making a priority of praying for spiritual growth or maturity in our prayer life.

Like every good expositional preacher he proceeded to outline at least two components in this prayer priority from the Colossians passage.

1. Believers should be increasing in the knowledge of God’s will.

2. Believers should be increasing in their spiritual action or fruit bearing.

We were given other sub-points under each of these but I won’t go into those here. You can listen to it for yourself online. I will provide the link at the end of the post and add it to the sermon page. The gist of this prayer priority is that if we are to be praying for the increased knowledge of God’s will. Then we will also begin to understand more about God and increase in wisdom. Not just the appearance of wisdom as mentioned in Colossians 2:23. But basically becoming better theologians. Knowing and understanding God will also cause our actions to be right actions. Our walk will be worthy of the Lord and bear much fruit.

The bottom line is this:

If we are praying for spiritual growth for one another our actions will be God honoring actions, bear fruit and strengthen us to be steadfast in any circumstance God would allow in our life. So when we pray for each other, the number one thing should be that we pray for is spiritual growth. If anyone asks how they can be praying for you say; that I may grow or mature in the knowledge of God’s will. Pray with this new priority in mind. I will for you.

Prayer Priorities