TEXT: Philippians 1:1-11
1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
2 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,
5 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;
6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.
8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.
— PRAYER —
We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 308 messages in this series.
This is message #309 titled, The Power of Remembering, Thanksgiving, and Praying, Part 8.
Through his praying, thanking God for, and remembrance of the Philippians, Paul shows us how we all ought to lift each other up in prayer. How did Paul pray for the Philippians?
(1) First, he prayed that their love for each other would “abound”;
(2) Second, he prayed that their love for each other would be coupled with “knowledge” and spiritual growth;
(3) Third, he prayed that their love for each other would be coupled with “judgment” or discernment;
(4) Fourth, he prayed that they would be given the wisdom to discern between good and evil.
(5) Fifth, as we saw last week, he prayed that they would live sincere lives without offense toward God or man.
Paul’s expresses his final prayer request in verse 11. He prays that the Philippians would be “filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”
What are the fruits of righteousness? According to Dr. John Walvoord’s commentary on this passage: “This is a summary statement gathering in all that has preceded — their love, their discernment, and their being without offense. To these spiritual qualities must be added all the other ‘fruits of righteousness,’ an Old Testament expression also used by the Apostle James. The fruits of righteousness which are mentioned are those which come from their relationship to Jesus Christ rather than to the law. They comprise evidences of transformed character by the power of the Holy Spirit, and the resulting works of righteousness which fulfill the will of God in the individual life. So, it is a holy life and a holy character manifesting the fruit of the spirit. It must be a supernatural work in answer to prayer.”
The fruits of righteousness, of course, come only through Jesus Christ who alone is completely righteous, and through whom we can be considered as completely righteous by God. Righteous living means staying on the straight and narrow, and staying on the straight and narrow produces positive spiritual fruit in our lives. According to Galatians 5:22-23, this fruit includes:
Love (for God and for others)
Joy (in our hearts despite the circumstances)
Peace (that passes all understanding)
Longsuffering (no matter the negative situations we face and no matter how others offend us)
Gentleness (in how we handle difficult people and difficult situations)
Goodness (being upright in heart and life)
Faith (trust in God)
Meekness (humility; not pushing ourselves forward; being happy when others shine)
Temperance (or self-control; not being driven by the flesh or fleshly desires)
We ought to pray for the power to live right so that our lives and our relationships with others can benefit from the fruits of righteousness. Instead of pursuing the pleasures of sin for a season, we ought to run hard after the fruits of righteousness for the glory of God and pray that others do the same.
Oliver Holden wrote:
They who seek the throne of grace,
Find that throne in every place;
If we live a life of prayer,
God is present everywhere.
In our sickness or our health,
In our want or in our wealth,
If we look to God in prayer,
God is present everywhere.
When our earthly comforts fail,
When the foes of life prevail,
’Tis the time for earnest prayer;
God is present everywhere.
Then, my soul, in every strait
To thy Father come and wait;
He will answer every prayer;
God is present everywhere.
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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.