Here’s today’s passage:
15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in him, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Paul wraps up his section on Christian living with this benediction blessing. (He still has a chapter and a half of closing remarks, which is a very long P.S. if you ask me!)
Hope, joy, and peace are the themes here resulting from their belief in Him but coming from God’s power. He asks that they be filled with these things.
What stands out to me is what Paul doesn’t say. There’s no mention of most of the things that so often preoccupy our prayers for others. We almost exclusively pray for temporary circumstances: safety, health, prosperity, comforts, finances, success, and for things to generally “go well”. Paul doesn’t ask for these things at all here. Instead he prays for character qualities like joy regardless of the circumstances and peace in the midst of life’s storms and hope when things in life seem futile.
It would be an interesting exercise for us to engage in a prayer time for others that doesn’t involve praying for any circumstances. I think I’d like to try this.