Look at these salutations. Many are wonderful and heartwarming – whom I love in the Lord; my dear friend; tested and approved in Christ! Do you talk about others in your congregation like this?
* Loving God, please teach us today from Your word.
“I comment to you our sister Phoebe, …”
God’s word places importance on lists of names.
We see them in both the old and the new testaments.
One thing they remind us of, and point us to, is the most important list – the Lamb’s Book of Life.
What a wonderful grace and mercy list that is!
But too we see here in Paul’s list of names the pattern we are to undertake in our prayer life.
Paul has these lists because he prays for the people. They are people he has come across through his life, but not all are immediate in his life right now.
Even if our memories are not the best, prayer is the antidote to help us remember. Lists is whatever form, they help us to bring people to the Lord.
Let us be encouraged in our prayer life by this passage today.
* Gracious Saviour,
Thank You that you have called us from darkness into light, that You have saved us from hellfire into heaven, that You have remade our dead hearts alive.
Thank You for placing our names in the Lamb’s book of life, before the world was made!
Thank You Lord God, what a loving God You are!