Podcast #163: “Unfinished” by Mandisa

Praying for Our Unfinished Friends Using Philippians 1

It took some raw (and sometimes ugly) probing into my heart this week, but conceding to my own imperfections may just help me pray for my “work in progress” friends. Mandisa’s song “Unfinished” inspired me to seek out how Paul prayed for his friends in Philippi.

I think you’ll find the truths we delve into this week will encourage and challenge you.

On this episode I discuss:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Slow down
    • Explore a variety of translations
    • Journal your conversation with God
  • Four verses FULL of great stuff – Philippians 1:3-6
  • The pattern of Paul to thank God every time his friends come to his mind
  • My husband’s pattern with practical ideas to pray for your friends
  • Presenting our requests for our friends with joy…ALL of our friends…even the hard ones
  • Recognizing that our friends are just as unfinished as we are
  • Using the power of “journaling the crazy out”
  • Glimpsing our own unfinished reflection as we hold up the mirror of Truth
  • How perfecting takes time
  • The truth that God brings His purposes to completion in us – Psalm 57:2 AMP

 

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This Week’s Challenge

Spend some time in Philippians 1 this week. For grins you could read all of Philippians and then focus in on our 4 focus verses. As believers come to your mind thank God for them — all of them. Then pray for them…with joy…remembering that they are unfinished. Finally, journal your thoughts this week. It may be the most effective way to “get the crazy out” and allow God to perfect you, too!

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