Philemon 1:4

Monday, 9 July 2018

I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, Philemon 1:4

The words of this verse are rather similar in content to Romans 1:9, Ephesians 1:16, Philippians 1:3,4, Colossians 1:3, 4 & 1 Thessalonians 1:2. In other words, it is a greeting which, even if slightly amended for the occasion, is common to Paul’s letters. In some letters, the stress is on the thanks, in others it is on the prayers. For example, it is rather close to the words of Colossians 1:3 –

“We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,”

However, when he wrote his letter to the Colossians, he noticeably mentions “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Here in Philemon, he has already carefully placed Christ Jesus within the Godhead in the previous verse, and so the thanks are obviously to Him as much as they are to the Father. Therefore, Paul combines the two into the simpler term “God.”

Here he notes that he is “making mention of you always in my prayers.” Paul’s idea of “praying without ceasing,” which he states in 1 Thessalonians 5, is evident in words such as these. Whenever the thought of one of his beloved brethren or churches came to mind, he would utter forth a prayer to God on their behalf. To him, praying was certainly a normal extension of his regular life and conversation with others.

Life application: God already knows the end from the beginning. His plan is also complete in His mind. Despite this, we should not have a fatalistic view of life where we ignore prayers. Instead, God figures our prayers into the plan, just as our free-will calling on Jesus is figured into the plan. If we don’t receive Jesus, we will not be saved. Likewise, prayers that are not uttered are not heard. God’s foreknowledge of all things outside of time factors in our actions within the stream of time. Pray!

Heavenly Father, You have granted to us is the opportunity and honor to pray. When we open our hearts to You, You hear and respond according to Your great wisdom. With Jesus as our Mediator between us, we can know that those prayers which are offered through Him are acceptable to You. We have no need to worry if what our lips have prayed out to You are heard or not. They are! Thank You for our Mediator! Our prayers are heard because of Him. Amen.

4 thoughts on “Philemon 1:4

  • Monday, July 9th, 2018 at 9:37 am

    How much is to Much or to little or just right? Sounds like the three bears of prayer lol I tend to struggle with this concept daily. We hear of people that go on closets/ rooms and pray for hours on end. Then there are those that pray as a passing thought or as the moment hits them. As far as prayer life being just right??? What is just right??? I fall into the too little and just right catsgory I think. The too much is just that after 15 minutes of prayer my mind goes blank or better yet numb trying to process all that need help in this world. I end up putting it al in the lords hands. Then through out the day as the thoughts hit me I pray ! The more God reveals himself to me the smaller I become as trying to comprehend his magisty and compleat control over everything becomes a daunting, impossible task for our minds to process. All we can do is say thank you lord for showing us those things we can process while in these corrupt failing body’s loving us and wanting us with you. The day is coming soon when we will have our new bodies and we will then be show all by you Amen

    Ok auto finger took over two different subjects???

    I will leave it at that
    Grace Mercey and Peace on you and yours
    God bless my friend(s)

  • Monday, July 9th, 2018 at 11:05 am

    BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS! Sometimes I guess I forget that it can be encouraging and uplifting to let people know you pray for them. Sometimes I assume that they know already having told them once . I seldom change but when I do for the positive it’s always a result of spending time in GOD’s WORD.

  • Monday, July 9th, 2018 at 11:07 am

    P.s. I pray about my superiorword family often

  • Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Thank you for your prayers for the family Shane. And George, those new bodies are always a welcome hope. Today more than ever with this cold (or whatever it is) I have. Miserable in Sarasota!


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