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. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.Philippians 1:3-7 ESV
“I hold you in my heart” What a great phrase! It’s even better than it sounds. Greek scholars tell us that this phrase could also be translated, “You hold me in your heart.” I believe Paul intended just such a double meaning: “I hold you in my heart, and you hold me in your heart.” The reason for his confidence was the heart connection between them. He and the folks in Philippi had something in the spirit that bound them together, and they knew it.
Paul was confident that God would fulfill His plan for this church based on the connection that they had. There was something in their hearts put there by God. This connection spawned reciprocal prayers that were sure to be effective. They were “partakers together of grace.” The struggles were shared as were the rewards. There is supernatural power in connected, covenant prayer. We are not designed to do this alone. We have just begun to experience the power in our connection to our faith family. There is so much more, and we need it all in this hour.
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