Morning Prayer #11

Philippians 1:4-6 {4} Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, {5} For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now. {6} Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: {7} Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.

Paul made it a point of duty to God to pray frequently for the Philippian believers and their infant, persecuted church. He was thankful to God for their conversation when he preached the gospel among them, and he knew that God did not leave Philippi when he forced to do so. Paul could pray in the spirit of joyfulness for these fellow Christians because he was confident (verse 6) that God would continually work in them a work of godliness until he perfected it on the Day of Christ (the Rapture and Resurrection of the death in Christ, see 1 Thessalonians 4:17).

O Spirit of God, we know that you are at work in every believer’s heart and life. We know that you take the things of Christ found in Scripture and show them to us and form the character of Christ with us. We ask in joy for what we know you will grant, that our fellowship with Christ and with one another will grow and increase by your power, as we faithfully lean on your Word and apply its truths to our lives. Amen

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