Philippians 1:3–11 “I thank my God every time I remember you, 4constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, 5because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. 6I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. 7It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s gracewith me, both in my imprisonment and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel. 8For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. 9And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight 10to help you to determine what is best, so that on the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, 11having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.”
I encourage you to memorize Paul’s prayer. As you use it to remember others in prayer, examine how the gospel transforms the tenor of your relationships. When we pray for and with others, we exercise our trust that the One who has begun a good work among us will bring it to fulfillment. But that good work cannot be divorced from the profound communion (koinonia) that God’s grace creates among us. God’s compassion for us gives us a deep longing for one another. And as we hold
others in our hearts, they too hold us in theirs. In prayer, our love overflows. Not just an emotion,
love gives us the knowledge and insight to discern what each of us uniquely has to offer. Rooted in
one another’s prayers, we can be authentic and sincere without causing offense. This is how a
harvest of righteousness through Jesus is fulfilled in our lives.
Dear God, we bring to you all the people we hold in our hearts. Let your grace deepen the communion we share, that our love for one another will overflow with knowledge and insight. Amen.
Advent Photo Challenge: Take a picture each day during Advent and share on your social media platform of choice with #stpauladvent
Today’s picture inspiration: Knowledge