9 I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. 10 For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. 11 May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ[b]—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.
Often when we pray we often pray for others, things we need and want. Paul is praying for people's attitudes and thier love will reflect Christ and how Chirst loved. Paul is not only praying a prayer of thanksgiving but also for us to understand Christ and to be filled with His salavation. It is ok to pray for ourselves, but when someone comes in our minds, pray for them whether they know God or not because everyone deserves salvation and all the things God gives them.
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5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.[b]
5 Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be gracious and attractive[a] so that you will have the right response for everyone.
You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
20 My old self has been crucified with Christ.[e] It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.
2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.[a] Because of the joy[b] awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
Great thoughts about praying for others for sure. I really have learned to pray more – little prayers throughout the day thanks to a person God put in my life to encourage me to do this. I am so glad that God, in His wisdom knows me and know what and who I need in my life.
The other verse that always amazes me is Hebrews 12:2 where it talks about "the joy awaiting Him, He endured the Cross". Often we get a sick and twisted idea that the Cross and suffering brought Jesus joy – it was the joy after – salvation that this scripture is talking about. Salvation is awesome. It brings joy to God, His angels and other believers as well as the one who has been saved.
Saved people show it by the "fruit" of their lives and their actions. This ties back into your first verse. It's awesome how the Bible does that!