There is a little book tucked between the book of Titus and Hebrews called Philemon! I know most of us don't spend much time in this particular one chapter book. I also know most believers would not be able to find it if their life depended on it, ha! But I want to draw a few thoughts from this little book that actually has the same ‘Thread of Prayer’ woven through it just like every book in the Bible! For the first time ever I will use this book as the foundation of my "Hope" Christmas Message this weekend. But I’ll keep how I will do that a secret until then… What I want to draw your attention to today as my Prayer Partners is how God continually inspired the writers to keep Prayer as a central theme throughout His word regardless the story or situation.

This should be a great reminder to us all of how important the relationship we have with our Father, Savior and Counselor is in everything we do! We mainly focus on those on our Prayer Digest and the needs of Oasis when we discuss prayer in this letter. I understand that. It is what our connection to the "Pastor’s Prayer Partners" is all about. But honestly, if you and I do not have this ongoing relationship with HIM on a daily basis we will not be much of an Intercessor for others.

So let me draw your attention to the book of Philemon and how Paul keeps prayer at the forefront. Even in a very tense and what could be a controversial subject Paul intertwines Prayer in more these verses:

"4 I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, 5 because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. 6 I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ."

Prayer needs to be at the forefront of any relationship. It’s not all about interceding for the sick and needy. I know you and I know that. But for me, I have to be constantly reminded about this. At the end of this short book when Paul is wrapping up his admonition and request to Philemon he once again brings prayer back into the conversation. Check out verse 22. It’s another reminder that in all my relationships and issues they begin with Prayer and they end with Prayer! Amen!

Guy Melton
Senior Pastor
Oasis Church of South Florida

P.S. God bless you and see you this weekend for the launch of Christmas at the Oasis. It opens Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Pines and Friday at North Miami. Btw, would you pray for a safe and wonderful opening weekend?! ;;))

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