TEXT: Philippians 1:1-6
1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
2 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
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:
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We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 304 messages in this series.
This is message #305 titled, The Power of Remembering, Thanksgiving, and Praying, Part 4.
From the opening of his letter to the Philippians, we have seen how Paul was grateful and thankful for the people whom he had led to the Lord and helped raise up in Christ. He expressed this gratitude even in the midst of his imprisonment in Rome. In fact, as verse four tells us, every prayer he made was infused with joy. Paul wrote, “Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy.”
Prayer ought to be a very joyous experience. Julia Bristol said, “Prayer changes us in ways that we never thought would be possible. Prayer can lift our hearts and fill it with unspeakable joy.” In Paul’s case, he gives specific reasons for his joy when praying for the Philippians. The reason why he was joyful when making requests for them before God is because of their “fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now.” Warren Wiersbe notes that this “fellowship in the Gospel” entails three things: (1) their financial support of Paul, (2) the work of salvation in their own lives, and (3) the growth in the Christian faith. He says, “It was a source of joy to Paul to know that God was still working in the lives of his fellow believers at Philippi. After all, this is the real basis for joyful Christian fellowship — to have God at work in our lives day by day.”
If you have the grateful heart that we discussed already from this passage, your prayer time can be a joyful experience as well. Why? Because you are coming to God not just to express your needs, but to remember what has been done and to say “thank you.” Every prayer request we make ought to be made with joy — not only because of what others have done, but because we ourselves have chosen to be joyful because of what God has done, not only for us, but because of what He is doing in us.
This is another reason for Paul’s joy about the Philippians in his prayers. He says he is “confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” The Greek word translated as “perform” means to accomplish or finish. Paul knew that the good work begun by their reception of the Gospel would one day come to its full fruition. The Phillipians could sing with The Hemphills:
God’s still working on me
To make me what I need to be
It took him just a week to make the moon and stars
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars
How loving and patient He must be
‘Cause He’s still workin’ on me
If you are a believer, your prayer time can be a time of joy as well because you know that God is still working on you. And the good work that He has begun in you He will certainly complete.
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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.