Families/Individuals with no Young Children

Families/Individuals with no young children, please follow this devotional by Kristine Denson:


Thanksgiving and Prayer:  Philippians 1: 3-6 (ESV)

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,

because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” 

 

The thing that stands out to me is the distance. Paul had great affections towards his fellow co-laborers beyond the work. He felt a love for them, wanting God’s very best for them. Paul wanted to be a part of their trials and triumphs {hello, community!}, knowing that ministry can be tough and isolating. But, because there was this distance, the only thing Paul could truly offer was encouragement and prayer. Paul prayed diligently, faithfully, consistently, and with deep joy. His prayer was with gratitude for their faithfulness in the work God had set before them. Let’s be real… working with people doesn’t always spell warm gushy feelings, there can be conflict, that involves mental, physical, and spiritual effort. Paul didn’t pray against them, instead he prayed thanking


God for them and the work set before them. He trusted God’s faithfulness in their lives and his prayer was empowering them to continue in their ministries. He encouraged them to be confident that God was going to see them through completing His good work in

them.

 

Who are you coming alongside to uplift in prayer, supporting them in personal and ministerial life?