Archive for December 15th, 2010

Paul’s prayer teaches me how to think, feel and pray for other Christians. In all our disappointments and hurts in relationships with one another, if it were our hearts desire to see one another as we are seen by the gospel then we would have joy in one another when we see evidences of God’s Spirit at work in us and through us. That in turn would turn our affections for one another and further motivate us to pray for one another’s love, holiness, righteousness and experience of God’s glory. If we saw one another as co-sharers in God’s grace, confident that he who began this good work in us will bring it to completion, then our relationships would be transformed.

I thank my God every time I remember you.

In all my prayers for 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 you, since I have you in my heart; for 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 until the day of Christ,

filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ–to the glory and praise of God.

(Philippians 1:3-11)

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