But Paul goes further. At this point Paul prays that God by his power may “fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.” That is simply marvelous. Assuming that Christians will develop such wholesome and spiritually minded purposes, Paul now prays that God himself may take these purposes and so work them out as to bring them to fruition, to fulfillment. We may have all kinds of wonderful ideas about what we as Christians might do, yet somehow never get around to doing any of them. Alternatively, we may immediately proceed to organization and administration, and ever seek, except in sporadic and accidental ways, the decisive approval and blessing of God on our Christian dreams. The truth is that unless God works in us and through us, unless God empowers these good purposes of ours, they will not engender any enduring spiritual fruit. they will not display any life-transforming, people-changing power. “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain” (Ps. 127:1) And unless the Lord fulfills our good, faith-prompted purposes, they will remain arid, fruitless – either empty dreams or frenetic activity with no life, but in either case spiritually anemic.