“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you always in every prayer of mine making requests for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now.”
Remembering what others have done for us leads us to pray on their behalf.
Paul was in prison as he wrote Philippians, yet he was always thinking of others before himself. He was thankful to God for those who helped him establish the church at Philippi, and he could think of no better way to give back to them than to pray for them. Prayer for Paul was a very joyful occasion and he delighted in interceding for those who had helped him in so many ways. The church at Philippi was not perfect, but Paul chose to remember the good things that happened when he was with them. These people took the ministry to heart and continued to share the gospel with others even after Paul left. He had a deep love for them.
Over the past week, many of us like Paul have found ourselves in a place of confinement. We would much rather be out doing business as usual, but perhaps we could use this time to remember those who have made a difference in our lives for good. Instead of asking God for what we want and expressing only what we need, think about lifting up those in your life that have been special to you in some way.
Write down the names of at least two people in your life that you are thankful for and write them a letter telling them just how special they are to you and then pray for them .