Once I met someone who was going through a very difficult time. She was struggling with suicidal thoughts, as she couldn’t see the meaning of life. Among other things, I shared with her about how much Jesus loves her, and I encouraged her to spend time in the Word. I prayed for her, and we agreed to meet the following week. – And when I met her again, she was totally changed. She was all smiles! She was enjoying life and found such joy spending time in the Word. I was amazed and asked her: “What happened?” After a few moments of pondering, she said: “I know a lot of people have been praying for me.” – I thought that was so profound, and was reminded of the power of prayer afresh.
“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound
more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,
SO THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO DISCERN WHAT IS BEST
and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,
filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ
—to the glory and praise of God.”
Phil 1:9-11 NIV
ABOUND – perisseúō
– to superabound in quantity or quality, be in excess, be superfluous
How does our love abound, be superfluous – towards the Lord, ourselves, others?
By knowing Him and receiving His abounding and superfluous love towards us.
“There was a man named Jabez
who was more honorable than any of his brothers.
His mother named him Jabez
because his birth had been so painful.
He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel,
“Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory!
Please be with me in all that I do,
and keep me from all trouble and pain!”
And God granted him his request.”
1 Chronicles 4:9-10 NLT
This is Jabez’ prayer.
We have our ‘Yes and Amen’ to this in Christ.