Philemon 1:22   Thought/Prayer:  A Room Readied.  Topics:  2 at end.

“At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that through your prayers I will be graciously given to you.” English Standard Version (ESV) Scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved." (Read this scripture and more at

The apostle Paul writes to his great friend and Christian brother to prepare a guest room. This guest room will be used by Paul when he visits Philemon at some time. It’s apparent here that Paul does not have specific plans to come to see Philemon, but rather he tells this Christian brother that he is hopeful that through the prayers of those with Philemon, he will be able to come and visit, thus needing a guest room in which to sleep.

Planning ahead through prayer. Interesting concept. Paul does not say that Philemon should think about a guest room – Paul tells him to ready it. In essence, “Get it ready for use! I’m prayin’. And I’m hopin’ God will agree with me and send me to use that room that’s already readied for me.”

So how are we in the pro-life cause trusting that our prayers will be answered? Should we be as confident as Paul, in asking? Should we assume that we can picture in advance how they will be answered?

If we don’t have a mental picture of results in answered prayer (Paul might have in mind what this readied room would look like), perhaps our hearts can do it for us. Hearts of trust. Hearts that trust as a child trusts a good father to answer requests. Hearts that know a father well enough to be able to ask in confidence, knowing that the Heavenly Father is a very good father.

Dear hearts that labor for babies, children, grandparents, centenarians and more, do trust. Don’t hesitate to ask. Don’t hesitate – just picture the prayer answered, and pray. Lord, we ask to be in Your will enough to be able to picture the answers to our prayers like a room readied ahead of time for the guest.

Topics: Pray for a faith that trusts enough to picture ahead the answers to prayer.
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