I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. Philippians 1:9-10 NLT
Every church has at least one individual who is a Prayer Warrior; someone who is always willing and ready to pray for you. You can call on these Prayer Warriors day or night and tell them about your problems. They don’t complain; instead they reassure you that God has everything in His control. When people pray for you, it’s an expression of love because it’s a blessing when people support you in prayer.
Here the Apostle Paul had a special affection for the members of this church. In verse 7 he said, “So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart.” People of faith pray for people that don’t know; although it’s always a pleasure to pray for God’s favor in the lives of those you know and love. So Paul is praying that they would be a loving people so that their love would overflow more and more. Jesus placed a high priority on love, He said, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35.
He also prayed that they would grow in knowledge and understanding. The AMP Bible describes understanding as practical insight. You see, Paul knew the source of real knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6 says, “For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” So he went to God on their behalf, petitioning that they would keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. As a result, they would become a discerning people capable of making sound decisions.
The Apostle Paul did not think it was beneath him, in his ministry as an Apostle, to pray for others. He expressed his love and affection for the community of faith by praying for them. He knew that the road to successful Christian living comes through prayer. When life hurts, it’s comforting to know that there are others supporting you in prayer. So let’s not be selfish in the place of prayer; take some time and like the Apostle Paul, invest in someone’s life through prayer.
Thought for Today: Friend, take some time and pray for someone.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory