Paul's Prayers in a Picture

Thanks to wordle.net, I was able to make a nifty picture of Paul's prayers as found in his writings.  Wordle takes the most frequently repeated words and makes those the largest.  The less frequently a word appears, the smaller its size in the picture.

Although good exegesis this does not make, it is helpful to a limited degree.

Obviously, "Christ" is the largest, and thus most frequently repeated word in Paul's prayers.  Paul pray's to God through Christ (Romans 1:8); he urges others to pray by Christ (Romans 15:30); he exults God in his prayers because he is "the God of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 1:17); he exults Christ above all (Ephesians 1:20-21); he prays that Christ may dwell within his readers (Ephesians 3:17); he prays for strength to comprehend and know the love of Christ (Ephesians 3:18-19); he identifies Christ as an outlet for God's glory (Ephesians 3:20-21); he acknowledges the coming "day of Christ" (Philippians 1:6) and he prays that the church would find itself "pure and blameless" when that day of Christ comes (Philippians 1:10); he "yearns" for God's people with the same affection as Christ (Philippians 1:8); he acknowledges that the "fruit of righteousness" comes through Christ (Philippians 1:11); he acknowledges that the "peace of God" comes through Christ (Philippians 4:7); he gives thanks to God because of other believer's faith in Christ (Colossians 1:3); he prays for open doors to declare the mystery of Christ (Colossians 4:3-4); he acknowledges that grace comes from Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:12); and he acknowledges that every good thing that is within us is for "the sake of Christ" (Philemon 1:6).

May our prayers be just as Christ-exulting as Paul's.

(The Wordle picture was created using the following Scripture passages from the ESV: Rom. 1:8-10; Rom. 8:26-27; Rom. 15:30-32; 2 Cor. 1:11; 2 Cor. 13:7-9; Eph. 1:15-21; Eph. 3:14-21; Eph. 6:17-20; Phil. 1:3-11; Phil. 4:6-7; Col. 1:3-12; Col. 4:3-4; Col. 4:12; 2 Thes. 1:11-12; 2 Thes. 3:1-2; 1 Tim. 2:1-2; 1 Tim. 4:4-5; Phil. 1:4-6).

(You can see a larger, easier to read picture by clicking on the image above.