My favorite book of the Bible is Paul’s letter to the Philippians. He begins his letter to the Church Philippi with his customary greetings and prayers. It is a part of Scripture that we usually gloss over when we read the book of Philippians. After all, he does tend to open each letter with the same sentiments, so why not just get past the obligatory stuff and get to the real meat of the letter?
Well, when we do, we just might miss something important!
In Philippians 1:3-5 Paul writes this:
I thank 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” (NIV)
At first glance this statement seems innocuous enough…nothing big to see here…let’s move on, right! But when we take a closer look, Paul is actually makes a remarkable statement about prayer. From what we know about Paul’s travels and his life, Paul wrote this letter while imprisoned in Rome. He likely hasn’t been at the church for several years.
And yet he still petitions God on their behalf during his regular times prayer. Wow! I had to pause to wonder if I am praying for anyone that I haven’t seen in that long of a time (The answer was no).
For me, these verses challenge me to commit to two things:
1. Remember to pray for those whom I haven’t seen in a while.
2. Remember to pray for the loved ones I see every day. If Paul can have that kind of commitment to pray for the folks in Philippi, how much easier should it be for me to pray for the folks in my own home?
Here’s what’s happening:
1. Choir Rehearsals start this coming Monday, February 18 at 7pm.
2. Christian Education Commission is meeting on Tuesday, February 19, at 6:30 pm in the church annex.
3. I am still looking for a few folks to be a part of a new prayer team that I would like to start. Commitment would involve being willing to occasionally pray with someone after a Sunday morning worship service. If you might be interested in learning more about it see me on Sunday.
This week we are returning to sermon series on the disciples as we look at the life of Matthew. If you know of someone who thinks that there is no way that Jesus could ever love them…you need to invite them to join us this week.