Does any leader thank God for you? Who is daily remembering you in prayer? What is your spiritual “reputation?” In what ways are you growing in your faith? How have you blessed others?
Having introduced himself and extended the traditional God-centred greetings, Paul now outlines for his friend Philemon how he has been praying and is still currently praying for him. There are always new lessons to learn in prayer and God’s word provides specific instruction.
“I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.” (Philemon v.4-7)
So how should we then pray?
Pray – 1) thankfully; 2) specifically; 3) personally; 4) spiritually – at least these are 4 principles I derive from this text.
Thank God for those who pray for you. Never apologize for asking others to pray for you. May I commend to you my brother-in-law Tim Kerr’s excellent prayer guide. The Kindle edition is only $2.99 here at AMAZON.
Let’s commit ourselves to prayer this summer. “Pray without ceasing.” While we’re at it, why not communicate using all the wonderful means available to us, and send a note to those for whom God has burdened us to pray.
Here’s a brief scan of some of the contents of Tim’s book.