Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 2 Study # 3
January 5, 2014
Dayton, Texas
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<007> Thesis: "The work of the faith" is identified as "serving the living and true God". Introduction: Last week we looked into the link between Paul's fixation upon "grace" and his practice of "prayer". It was the point of our study that, since "grace" has a fundamental characteristic of being absolutely outside of the entire "world" of "doing" so that certain things "will follow", "believers" have a profound need to have a basis for "hope" that is not rooted in what they "do". Paul's solution to this great need was talking to the One Whose decisions were going to be both "gracious" and "good". In other words, "prayer" moves the future away from a mechanistic do-this/experience-that process that eliminates personal interaction to a "come, let us reason together" process that compels interpersonal interaction and has the capacity to settle one's mind and heart so that whatever it is that God is going to-do/not-do will not be a negative thing. With that in mind, this week we are going to look into the "ask" part of "prayer" that Paul expressed. "Grace" means God is free to not do what we ask, but it also means that His reasons for what He decides to do are always a perfect rationale for "gracious goodness" toward those who seek Him. So, what was the "ask" part of Paul's prayers?