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THE PROTECTION OF THE SAINTS AND THE FORWARD PROGRESS OF THE GOSPEL DEPEND ON INTERCESSORY PRAYER

I. (:18) THE PROTECTION OF THE SAINTS DEPENDS ON INTERCESSORY PRAYER THAT IS ALL ENCOMPASSING

Note four repetitions of the word “all”

A. All Types of Intercessory Prayer Are Essential

1. “With all prayer” — general requests

2. “and petition” — specific requests

B. Spirit-Directed Intercessory Prayer Is Essential At All Times / On All Occasions

“pray at all times in the Spirit”

C. All Perseverance and Alertness Are Required

“and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition”

D. All the Saints Are Standing in Need of Such Prayer

“For All the Saints”

II. (:19-20) THE FORWARD PROGRESS OF THE GOSPEL DEPENDS ON INTERCESSORY PRAYER FOR BOLDNESS OF PROCLAMATION

A. Even the Greatest Evangelists Must Depend on the Intercessory Prayers of Others

“and pray on my behalf”

B. Boldness in Proclamation is the Key to the Forward Progresss of the Gospel

“that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel”

C. Such Boldness is Appropriate

“for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

(:21-24) CONCLUSION: CLOSING REMARKS AND BENEDICTION

A. (6:21-22) CLOSING REMARKS — MISSIONARY REPORTS FROM THE FIELD ENCOURAGE THOSE WHO ARE PARTNERS IN THE GOSPEL

1. Communication from the Field is Necessary

“But that you also may know about my circumstances, how I am doing”

2. Faithful Messengers Get the Job Done

“Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make everything known to you.”

3. Twofold Purpose of Missionary Reports From the Field

“And I have sent him to you for this very purpose”:

a. “so that you may know about us”

b. “and that he may comfort your hearts”

B. (6:23-24) BENEDICTION — GOD’S BEST FOR THOSE WHO LOVE THE LORD

1. Peace

“Peace be to the brethren”

2. Love with Faith

“and love with faith, from God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ”

3. Grace

“Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with a love incorruptible.”