Wednesday, February 26, 2014

+DEV+ Pray With Joy

Date: February 26, 2014 10:34 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Pray With Joy

Pray With Joy

"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now..." (Philippians 1:3-5)

Scripture Focus: Philippians 1:1-11

One of the great joys we know as Christians is praying for each other. Paul begins his letter to the church in Philippi with words about the joy it is to pray for them because of the partnership they share through Jesus Christ.

Do you "pray with joy"? It's easy for our prayers to be focused on the needs, tragedies, and heartaches in our lives and those we pray for. Sometimes prayer only comes when an unexpected catastrophe or daunting challenge faces us, and we run to God in desperation. Where is the joy in prayer then?

Thankfully, God listens to and regards our desperate cries as much as our praises and words of thanks. He loves to hear us! Paul prayed with joy, remembering how he and his Philippian friends shared in the good news of Jesus. When we remember that we are partners in the Gospel with people around the world, our hearts turn to joy. Even if you are a new believer, there is probably someone in your life who is a Christ-follower who knows and understands the joy you both share in Jesus.

Insight: You can trust that whenever God is ready to do something new with His people, He will set them praying.

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