This post is Day 7 in a series of studies about “Philemon”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Philemon – Day 7
There seems to be a formula in this prayers for Philemon. Yesterday we saw that Paul thought of Philemon with gratitude. Today we see that he is praying for a deepening of understanding of what being a Christian means. Here Paul is praying for that witnessing to change Philemon himself.
I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ.
There seems to be a formula in Paul’s prayers for Philemon. Yesterday we saw that Paul thought of Philemon with gratitude. Today we see that he is praying for a deepening of understanding of what being a Christian means.
Paul himself had had to learn many lessons on that subject! Between his early adult life as a prominent Jew with a reputation of persecuting Christians wherever he went, to being an on-fire Christian imprisoned for his faith, there had been many necessary changes.
The Amplified version of the Bible begins this verse with I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective and powerful,… That’s a good prayer we can all pray for ourselves as well as for others. That we become good witnesses for Jesus in all that we do, so that others will be drawn to ask what motivates us.
But here Paul is praying for that witnessing to change Philemon himself. Suggesting that his understanding of all that being a Christian means will become clearer as he continues with the Lord.
Ask yourself today if you are a different Christian now to how you were some time ago. How have you changed?
Remember that Jesus said I am the way, (John 14:6). One of the many things He did while living on earth was to show us the way to Heaven, the way to a good relationship with Father God, and the way to live whilst we are still earth bound.
Pray today for a deepening of your understanding of every good thing that is available through Jesus.
Read through this short letter to Philemon once more and pray for a deeper understanding of what Paul was saying “between the lines”.
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