Philemon 1:22 Confidence In Prayer

Philemon 1:22 (KJV)
But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you.

It has always been my position that, once Paul was taken into custody in Jerusalem, he spent the rest of his life a prisoner of Rome. I am aware that there are plenty of very good Bible students that believe he was released, traveled to Spain and possibly The British Isles and was later captured and executed. I personally love the concept that Paul went to what is now England. It has simply been my position to not read into Pauline history more than the Bible provides.

If there is Bible evidence of his release, I think this verse is it. Paul requested a room be prepared for him because he was confident that the prayers of the believers would effect his freedom. He prepared in advance for what he believed God would do.

Honestly, I do not know if their prayers were answered the way Paul believed they would be. God always answers prayer but it is not always the way we expect. What I do see in this passage is:

  • Confidence in prayer. I see
  • Action based upon that confidence. And I see
  • An application every Christian can practice.

We ought to pray and we ought to behave with confidence in the answers.


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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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