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Hebrews 13:19

May 24, 2019   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Hebrews, Hebrews (written), Writings  //  8 Comments

Friday, 24 May 2019

But I especially urge you to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner. Hebrews 13:19

The author now explains why he said in the previous verse, “Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably.” He is asking for prayers to be submitted more abundantly (as the Greek word implies) because something was hindering him from coming to them. As he says, “that I may be restored to you the sooner.” It is reflective of the words of Paul in Philemon 1:22 –

“But, meanwhile, also prepare a guest room for me, for I trust that through your prayers I shall be granted to you.”

Whether the author is Paul, and whether he is speaking of being imprisoned personally, or whether he was limited in some other way, he is asking for prayers in order that he might be restored to those he is writing to once again. What is possible, but which is only speculation, is that if it is Paul, he is hindered because of his own disability which is evident in the book of Acts and in portions of his epistles.

He was conducted wherever he was led, traveling with others, and implying that he could not travel alone. This would fit well with Hebrews 13:23 which says, “Know that our brother Timothy has been set free, with whom I shall see you if he comes shortly.” With Timothy in prison, Paul would have been without his help in getting around. Now that Timothy was released, if he came to Paul, they could then travel together. Again, it is speculation, but it fits the character and needs of Paul well.

No matter what, the author is confident of the power of prayer, and he requests it for this specific purpose. Again, it is reminiscent of Paul’s writings –

“Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me.” Romans 15:30

Life application: In this verse, the author lets us know something we have not had a clue about to this point. After all the beautiful analysis of the work of Christ, His superiority, His greatness, and His splendor – and after admonishing us to live proper lives in submission to our leaders – after all these things and so many others, only then does he finally get to his own needs.

He waited until he had put forth that which was of most importance to him before mentioning his own difficulty. It is a good lesson for all of us to consider. We may have needs, but are they the most important issue at the moment? In the author’s case, he didn’t think so.

Thank You Lord that no matter what happens to us here, we are safe in eternity with You. May it be our pleasure and honor to suffer for You should the time come. And may You receive all the glory You are due in the judgment of those who persecute Your people, or in their turning to You through watching and desiring to emulate our conduct as we suffer for You. Amen.

8 Comments

  • interaction with many family members this weekend , please pray that they will see JESUS my LORD in me . thank you

    • I shall do so Dan <3

  • BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS! Can Dan , and will.

  • Great to be reminded of constant prayer for the Lord’s will to be done. Praying today for Dan interacting in love with his family. Praying for our dear sister Ruth for health issue and finances, may God grant these requests. Pray too for a breakthrough in my relationship with younger daughter Kari in order for proper relationship to be established. She has gone her own way and I haven’t fought enough in prayer for her and she has moved away from us and our beliefs, thank you. We aren’t saying much to her, more prayer than ever, need a breakthrough.

    • I shall have you and Kari in prayer. I’m sorry you’re facing this right now. Bless you brother.

  • Amen to that Dan but let’s not be discouraged if sometimes we fail in projecting the right image. Just last night I failed miserably in this and more to myself than anyone around me. It was a tough learning lesson for me and a reminder that yes in this world we can mess up when we least expect it, even when we think we have everything under control Satan is there poking and proding us non stop to trip us up and he will be successful from time to time. What I have learned from this experience is to not let Satan get a foot hold and play with your mind, go immediately to Jesus and talk it over with him and move on knowing he is still there with you now and always……… I have to admit just sharing this here with my SW family has greatly eased my burden and disappointment in myself! Thank you all for being there! Save me a seat at the wedding feast in the VIP section reserved for the Superior Word lol well we can hope 🙂

    We ARE another day closer to home
    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends we fly soon

  • Great teaching, thank you Charlie. I can sympathize with you all, and like Gordon through the Lord, SW has helped me easing the pain immensely as well. And indeed always encouraging us to pray pray pray is the beautiful way we have a wonderdul enduring relationship with our loving and all powerful Lord God through His Son. God bless you each, may your prayers be answered in miraculous ways as only God operates and bless everyone this Memorial weekend.

  • Praise God for this fellowship. Have a blessed Memorial weekend to you all.

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