3 I thank my God every time I remember you, 4 constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, 5 because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. 7 It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart,[a] for all of you share in God’s grace[b] with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.
In this beautiful passage, the apostle Paul prays for a church that he has helped to guide. And this prayer is so special because it is so personal. Paul knows these people. He loves them, and he wants the best for them.
I am reminded of the Tuesday prayer service at our church. The group meets faithfully each Tuesday morning throughout the year. They speak the names, aloud, of each person on the list. Whether the people on those lists know it or not, they are in the thoughts of loving and caring individuals. It's quite possible that your name has been on that list at some point, or even that they are praying for you this very week! And if you're not on the list, but would like to be, just say the word and they will add you. What a blessing.
It's a very reassuring thought to me. And it is one that we can embrace each and every day. The scriptures refer to the risen Christ as an advocate on our behalf. We can think of Him as holding up our names each day in prayer. We serve a vary personal God who calls us each by name. Our prayers mirror God's prayers. Know that you are loved. Know that you are held up in the prayers of others.