Thanksgiving and Prayer
thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 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.
7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether
I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of
righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
I like when Paul says “I always pray with joy because of your “partnership in the gospel” from the first
day until now. I like the use of the word partnership, in that we are all in this together. And as you listen to Paul’s prayer, he is praying that you will grow in faith, “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 fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.” Isn’t it interesting
that his prayer does not concern himself, but others. This prayer was for the people of Philippi, and it is just as valid for us (you) today.
I pray: O Lord, often our prayers are self centered
and about us, help us to put other’s needs before ours and to pray for them as Paul did. Help us to be bold and strong in our faith and to pray that others may abound more and more in knowledge. Amen.