Before you begin, take a few moments to quiet your mind and prepare your heart to receive God’s Word. Read the following passage at least twice, and then pray through the points below.
10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's household.
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Paul exhorts the Philippian church to give sacrificially so that they might share in the blessing (4:18-19). He knows that whatever harvest he reaps in the name of the Lord, all those who have sent him and who support him are also a vital part of reaping that harvest. They all share in rejoicing! Do you believe that you are a vital part of God's work among the nations through goers? Take a few moments to reflect on your answer. Pray that God would help each of us—senders and goers—to see our vital roles in bringing Jesus to the unreached. Ask God to use our gifts, talents, and resources to encourage and exhort one another as we seek to joyfully fulfill those roles.
Paul relies on Christ's strength as his foundation, but he still values the Philippian church's partnership in his ministry. Pray that we would actively cultivate healthy partnerships with those who go to the nations. Pray that God would restore and reset any existing ministry relationships that are unhealthy, for the good of the people involved and for the glory of God.
Pray that goers would trust God to supply every need, whether spiritual, emotional, mental, or physical. Pray that distressing circumstances would not cause their faith in God to waver. Pray that we, just like Paul, would learn to be content in every challenging circumstance because we serve a God who never changes. He is absolutely reliable in His character. He is our anchor in every storm.