One of my “all-time favorite passages” in the Bible is found in Philippians one. Here Paul is writing to some of his friends who are believers that he longs to return to. His warm memories of their time together, and his gratefulness for their recent financial gift has filled his heart with thankfulness. I have heard this prayer referred to several times recently here at our church, as people express how God has met them through the people here. As in Paul’s day, we too can celebrate God’s work through us to each other and to the community around us. Let’s join with Paul and pray this prayer together:
I think my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heard and, whether I am in chains (or in isolation) or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God. (Phil 1:3-11)
Let’s continue to pray for our city, our country, and the world as it faces these uncertain times. But let us too give thanks to God for each other, and pray that we would each know how to make the most of every opportunity that comes our way. Pray too that, in all things, God is glorified.