In verse 6 Paul deals with the fact that God began a good work in Philippi and will complete what He began. In Acts 16 the Holy Spirit forbade Paul and the others to go into Asia Minor to preach the gospel because God was going to do a work in Macedonia, and particularly in Philippi. God opened Lydia's heart, He freed a demon possessed woman, and He saved a jailor and his family. God also used the Philippian church to minister to Paul by sending gifts out of poverty and great tribulation (2 Corinthians 8:1-2).
Last night we noticed that Paul had a deep yearning affection for them. In fact, it was rooted in his walk with Christ. His affection is described in verse 8 as the affection of Christ Jesus. Wow! We should all pray that we walk so closely with the Lord that His affection working through us will be aimed at others. That is why Paul can pray for them with joy. He loves the church. He has confidence in God. And so He prays that God will help them abound in love more and more. This is a prayer for every church. May we learn to pray for others within our local churches, and others within the church around the world. May we learn to pray for others and yearn for them with the affection of Jesus Christ. May we learn to pray that others will be filled with knowledge and discernment so that they will be pure and blameless before God. May we pray for others that they will be filled with fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ. May our prayers be such that we want others to live in such a way that God receives glory and praise through their lives. Let's learn to pray for others the way Paul prayed for those in Philippi.