What do you pray when you find yourself facing a huge need or you’re overwhelmed by circumstances? What do you pray most for your children?
If I’m honest, I often pray the fix-this-situation prayers. “Help me through this, Lord” or “Meet this need, Father.” That can also be the heart of my prayer for friends going through serious issues or for my children up against a big decision or need.
Paul’s prayer was completely different. He was writing to fellow believers in the church he’d planted in Philippi. He loved the Philippians – people like Lydia, a businesswoman whose whole household came to know Christ and who opened her home to Paul. People like the young slave girl, freed from the demons that had plagued her, and the gentile jailer, who saw first-hand a God-sent earthquake that set loose prison chains and prison doors after an in-house praise service.
His beloved Philippians were going through serious persecution and Paul himself languished in prison, unsure whether he’d be executed or released.
So many things Paul could have prayed for them:
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