Prayers for nights and days. Revelation tells us God inhales our prayers like incense. The candles represent lots of prayers. Days in prayer.
2 Timothy 1
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus,2
To Timothy, my beloved child:
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. 4 As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us to[with] a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,[before times eternal] 10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, 12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.[or what I have entrusted to him] 13 Follow the pattern of the sound[healthy] words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14 By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.
15 You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes.16 May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains, but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me earnestly and found me— 18 may the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that Day!—and you well know all the service he rendered at Ephesus.
The Scriptures have so many intimate details bringing the millenniums closer. Like Acts 12, when the Angel of the Lord has to tell Peter, "Get your coat." Peter was confused at the time, was he was having a vision or in actual time. Prison would be disorienting.
So Paul is telling us of suffering, egads these saints whine. Okay maybe not, see verse 16, Paul is in chains.
Is there any doubt these are Paul's chains? No. This is Mamertine Prison in Rome and the prisoner records are available - even as to which cell Paul was in. The Prison was horrid and quite small.
I was looking at family pictures of Rome, my mother was telling me about seeing Paul's Chains, in his Church namesake, where his remains are, in Rome. St. Paul's Basilica Outside the Wall. I was skeptical, asking if she felt anything seeing the chains, she said yes and she had done some research. They knew for certain what prisons operated during the time of Paul, these were the chains, as chains do not wear out. People wear out, chains don't.
The details. Paul tells us about his prayers for Timothy, the one Paul calls his child in the LORD.
I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day
Well let's think about prayer as a constant conversation. Paul also says this, in Philemon:
To Philemon our beloved fellow worker 2 and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house:
and tells Philemon, not only how Paul loves him, but the prayers about Philemon:
4 I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, 5 because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, 6 and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ
Now that is realistic prayer. We don't remember to pray for everyone, even loved ones.
Paul is a Jewish Christian, yet he does not feel cut off from his loved ones.
I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.
Paul is in prison proclaiming,
God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
If you needed one brief explanation to find out why Paul has given up a prosperous career; Why?
Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us
~ to light through the gospel
built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone
He is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me
Dear Father God,
Last week I prayed for one loved one to have housing. I prayed for another loved one with trouble between him and another person that looked on going. I prayed for a loved one to have support and assistance. We faced an illness issue that has been going on for about two years. For about 7 nights I slept fitfully. I pictured that my cares were too large for me to solve. And placed a white thick robe or blanket around each loved one mentally in prayer covering them with the name of Jesus. I felt so much better with the Name and Grace of Jesus on each person. I slept. We had found prayer communication together.
That week my housing was found, the trouble between the two people ended. The support and assistance had been found. The illness issue was relented and resolved. Another issue was given in faith to You, Father God. For all our cares can fit well in Your Hands, Father God. You fill the universe. Your Love never ends.
We lift our concerns to You. Another situation of a long time found a soul solution. So many prayers are answered. I lift my cares to You, Father God.
We lift up the three people who have passed on recently in their sleep. Joyous to wake in the Lord Father God. The comfort of their families. I'd like this end for the ones I love, for peace.
For Father God's ability to reach out to comfort each other. This week I looked for my godmother's obituary and found our good, long-time family friend's anniversary of passing to give to his widow. Reminding us - Father God, You are the God of the Living.
Thank You Father God. Thank You, God. Thank You, Father. For all our loved ones and this Nation in Jesus. In Your Glory; Thank You for Your Mercy. You are still hearing us and giving us Your Love. Amen. Amen. Amen.
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