- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Philippians 4
Apostle Paul concluded his letter to Philippian with final remarks.
Regard them with love and joy, longing to see them. (v.1-3)
Pleading with two women to agree with each other(v2-3). He named Eudia and Syntyche who had been disagreeing in the church.
Main portion of the letter (4-9) — He called Philippian congregation to rejoicing always in the Lord and to living in peace of God by practicing eight exhortations. “Rejoice and Peace in the Lord,” is the main message of the book of Philippians.
Thanks for the gifts (10-20) —- He recalled how Philippian church had helped him during his missionary journey in the province of Macedonia. They had provided what he needed. Apostle Paul insisted, however, that the gifts to him were actually a sacrifice to God— fragrant offering, acceptable sacrifice, and pleasing to God— and that God would be the one to reward.
Final greeting (21-23) — Apostle Paul followed his usual pattern. “Caesar’s household,” referred to general members of the imperial service who were scattered throughout the whole palace guards (1:13). Though he was imprisoned, he was allowed to have freedom (Acts 28:30-31). There were Christians in Roman palace by his preaching.
The Philippian church, the first Christian church in Europe, was established by Apostle Paul during his second missionary journey. It was a young congregation, about 10 years old, when Apostle Paul wrote this letter during his imprisonment in Rome. The church was under severe hardship and challenge– persecution by Roman Empire, false teaching, dispute among the members, anxiety for their great leader in prison in Rome. He exhorted, “rejoice in the Lord.”
We read the message from the book of Philippians for Christian living. “being anxious about anything,” is not the way God called us to be when we are facing difficulties, challenge. God called us to present our request to God in prayer, petition, and thanksgiving, trusting that God lead us to God’s peace.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.