Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Philippians 1:4

always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,
(Philippians 1:4, ESV)
This is a continuation of yesterday's passage... It is part of the same sentence. In yesterday's passage Paul began by saying, "I thank my God in all my remembrance of you..." (verse 3). Now he continues that sentence by telling us how he thanks God for them.

First "always" -- He always thanks God for them. It is happening all of the time!

Second "in every prayer of mine" -- When he is praying. So... he remembers them (verse 3) and this turns into a prayer of thanksgiving to God.

Third "for you all" -- not just the super Christians in Phillipi... but for all of them. Their church as a whole was praiseworthy.

Fourth "making my prayer with joy" -- These are joyful prayers. There is a genuine, deep-seated sense of happiness in his prayers for these people.

When you remember those who you are thankful for, pray for them, pray with joy. Turn those fleeting remembrances into prayers of thanksgiving to God.

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