July 14: Ready for the Day of Christ (Phil 1:9-11)
Philippians 1:9-11 "And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God." (ESV)
In much the same way that Paul began his prayer for the Thessalonians with thanksgiving, so he begins his prayer for the Philippian church with words of gratitude and affection over the work of God among them, leading him immediately to pray for them. He prays for the church to grow in a maturing love marked by knowledge and discernment resulting in a godly life that bears fruit for the glory of God. Consider with amazement that Paul is languishing in prison as he writes this letter. In spite of being in prison he is able to bring these people before God for grace and strength. How would you evaluate the content of your own prayers in comparison to the content of what Paul prays here?
Review and Apply
- Why does he qualify an “abounding love” as having knowledge and discernment? In what way does this challenge your understanding of love?
- How can Paul’s model of prayer help you? Have you already prayed in light of 1 Thessalonians 3 from last week?
- Paul prays for greater integrity. In what areas of your life are you struggling with duplicity?
- How can thinking about the day of Christ encourage greater godliness in you life?
- In your own words what does it mean to bear fruit for the glory of God?