Make Requests of God, with Joy! A sermon on Phil. 1:2-11
Making Requests with Joy!
May the grace of God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ surround you with such peace, and such confidence, that it is a joy to place others into His hands, knowing His love for us all!
So, we have this page that gets stuffed in the bulletin this week, one of the tasks that Dane does so faithfully. It was once the front half of a half page of paper, and then it grew, and we made the print smaller, and then we put it both sides of the piece of paper, and we again had to make the print smaller,and then earlier this year, we went to a full page of paper, both sides, and on some days, we still have to make the print smaller.
You get to hear me say almost all of the names every week, and the list of players is almost as many words as this sermon. (999 to 1004 this week) These are people who know one or two of us, or some are known to all. They
We deal with life, and with grief, with cancer and other illness, with
Some of us, and Nancy is the obvious one who comes to mind, pray this
It takes a while, and it may cause a tear or anxious moment or two, or fifty.
The challenge is to pray these, the way Paul does. In our epistle reading today, he wrote to us,“4
So how does this happen, how can I pray for you, making my requests for
Confident of God’s work – cause we can’t do it
Having that kind of faith in God, that leaving people we love, and
That’s where our faith in God begins, knowing that what He began when the Holy Spirit worked through the word of God, which we’ve heard, and brought us to faith. And what the Holy Spirit started with, will keep going through our life.
When we think about that, the first thing that comes to mind is that if we need to be worked on, (from the inside out) that means we must have been broken.
That’s what sin does, more than anything. It breaks us, internally as we have to deal with guilt and shame, externally as sin harms the relationships we are in, including the
And God goes to work on us, a job that is more important to Him than
And so, we pray for people, confident in God’s work in their lives, some
If God loves people enough to do this for any and all then we can entrust
What that looks like
So what does it look like, when we pray for people? What happens?
Well, Paul prayed that their love would overflow, that it would flood our communities and our lives. And so, be a surprise when we pray, that we weep and laugh with those we are praying for.
And we grow in knowledge and understanding of God and of His love, and what the sacrifice of Jesus means in our life. For that is what really matters, that is what makes the biggest difference in our lives.
That difference leads to us living lives that are pure and blameless, words that have the picture of outshining the sun, of being glorious in their purity and unable to even cause another person to stumble, that our very lives draw people to God, not away from God.
That is what this work of God does in our lives, as we are made to reflect the image of Jesus into this broken world. This doesn’t happen in a second, but it takes our very lives to accomplish, but that is the promise that God makes to us.
We will be finished products, completely healed, completely made new…on the day when, Christ returns and completes the work began at the
And until that day, we can dwell in a peace that surpasses all explanation,
For we know Him, and His love for us. AMEN!