For the next few weeks, these blog posts are for you and your benefit. I am going to try to do a devotional every week and work through the book of Philippians. Understand that this is not a substitute for your own personal devotions and quiet time, but instead this is a supplement to personal devotions. Like a post-workout drink that helps your muscles grow and recover after the workout that you just had.
Here is the scripture (I would also encourage you to follow along in your own bibles). First, read through it and then we’ll break it down afterwards.
Philippians 1:1-11 (NLT)
1This letter is from Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus.
I am writing to all of God’s holy people in Philippi who belong to Christ Jesus, including the church leaders and deacons.
2 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
3 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. 4 Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, 5 for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. 6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
7 So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart. You share with me the special favor of God, both in my imprisonment and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News. 8 God knows how much I love you and long for you with the tender compassion of Christ Jesus.
9 I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. 10 For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. 11 May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.
In our prayer lives, how much time do we spend praying for others’ success and blessings? During this opening passage of Philippians, we see that Paul is praying for the people in the church at Philippi and for their success. So often our prayers become about us. “Bless this food for MY body.” “Help ME in this area.” “Give ME the knowledge to…” We often obsess over ourselves and neglect to remember those around us. So here are a couple of ways to help overcome this type of praying:
These points will help our prayer life to not just focus on ourselves, but to focus on others and their needs rather than our own. I hope and pray that this has helped you today.
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