In Philippians 1:3-11, Paul demonstrates the heart of love for the brethren. Notice he first mentions his gratitude to Abba for their past & present fellowship in the Gospel, that fills him with joy as he remembers & prays for them.
Weekly, daily, God is growing a deeper bond between those with whom I Sustain, Restore & Proclaim. Whenever I have had a need, Abba has answered through our fellowship in the body of Christ.
Pray for our pastor. I can honestly say that I have not looked back since God called me to "support this young man in this new work." It is all my joy to share in the Word proclaimed and rightly divided by one who does not fear the truth but is "confident that He who began a good work in us will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." Do you pray for the heart, mind, body & testimony of our pastor? If nothing else there are 9 (10) reasons to pray for his walk in the Spirit and power to overcome the "fiery darts" of the enemy and persecution from the ungodly. Pray for his faithfulness to the entirety of Holy Writ and God's preservation of the true Biblical Gospel. Pray that we give him the love and honor we should as our head under Christ.
Let us also consider other leaders in our family. Our elders need our prayers, as do Charlie and the praise team whose charge it is to prepare for and lead our Sunday morning worship in song. Pray for our own devotion to private worship and time in God's Word so that--out of that overflow--hope & joy in Christ would be manifested in the "praise on which God is enthroned." Our desire and labor each Sunday is that all who attend may say with Isaiah, "I saw the Lord who sits on His throne, high & lifted up!"
Pray for Elijah as he waits on the Lord to love, support and encourage those within & without our church family who are struggling with dependency issues. Be aware that the enemy fights hard against us as we break through barriers of Biblical ignorance and strongholds of behavior that have long kept them bound to him. We desperately need your prayerful warfare that "not by might, nor by our power, but by His Spirit we would overcome." Pray for the effective ministry of God's Word and for our patient love in helping friends, family & foes learn to walk in the freedom of the Spirit.
Lastly, pray for our Restore leaders as they shepherd us to "fulfill the law of Christ" which is our "reasonable service of worship."
Paul also prays for "their love to abound in knowledge and in all judgement". How can we possibly know how to love & pray for people we do not know? How important it is to become acquainted with those who attend our fellowship. Through Proclaim, Restore & Sustain--for starters--we begin to see "the fruits of God's righteousness" and powerful bonds are formed. Ministering together helps us grow in tolerance & patience with one another.
Do you feel accountable to our family of faith, both in behavior for Christ's glory, as well as in "sincerity and without offense," approving things that are excellent? Surely our standard is Christ: "tenderhearted, forgiving one another", "bearing one another's burdens."
For the abundant life Christ promised, "love one another even as I have loved you."