Special request: Leading lives of joy and generosity while receiving the help we need.
Beloved St. Paul, help us live our lives with such integrity, purity and innocence that you will rejoice before the throne of God as you remember us in your prayers. Deepen our love, broaden our knowledge and sharpen our insight. May your prayers aid us in the work God has begun in us so that we may grow in grace day by day and share with our fellow believers a partnership in spreading the news of God’s love on Earth. When we feel trapped by the hardships and limitations this life imposes upon us, may we remember how you handled your own imprisonment and suffering. Help us to face the difficult challenges in our lives with a sense of divine confidence. We understand that all true righteousness comes from Jesus, our Lord and Savior. On the bases of His power we hope to be found blameless on the day we meet Christ in eternity for our own judgment. We know that you have an affection for us similar to the one you had for the Philippians. Help us return your love and live in the intense way that you did serving God and neighbor. May you rejoice in us as we live and act with one mind and spirit (Phil 2:2). We stand in the midst of a twisted and perverted generation (Phil 2:14-15) but by the grace of the Christ, whom you served so well, we are confident that we will be able to live our lives in such a way that we will be like stars in the midst of the darkness. When you were hungry and imprisoned, the Philippians came to your aid (Phil 4:12-14). You in turn prayed that all of their needs would be filled from the fullness of the riches of Christ (Phil 4:19). May we learn to help those in need around us and may you petition the Lord of life to send people into our midst to help us with the our spiritual and physical needs. Pour out the riches of Christ upon us so that we may share them with others. Amen
Paul loved the Philippians and they supported him in his mission. In his letter to them we see the joy that Paul had in serving the Lord and his desire that others might share in his delight. Even though he was under arrest at the time of his writing the letter even his chains could not dampen his enthusiasm for the Gospel.
St. Paul’s Prayers and Thoughts:
Philippians 1: 3-11 “I give thanks to my God every time I think of you. Whenever I pray for you I pray joyfully, because of your partnership in the good news from the first day to the present. Of this I am convinced, that the one who began the good work in you will bring it to completion on the Day of Jesus Christ. It is right that I should feel this way about you because I have you in my heart, and because you all share my grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the good news. For God is my witness that I long for all of you with the affection of Jesus Christ. My prayer is that your love will increase more and more with knowledge and every manner of insight so that you will be able to discover what’s best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of the righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”