Confident of your obedience, I write to you,
Knowing that you will do even more than I say.
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.
Remember how we talked about how Philemon could “refresh” Paul’s faith?
It was because Paul believed he already knew what Philemon would do. He had so much confidence that once Philemon wrapped his head around hearing what Paul was asking, he would do over and beyond.
Over and beyond.
I think of things God asked of me that I could barely squeak out. But Paul had the confidence that Philemon would do over and beyond.
And refreshed with what he believed Philemon’s faith would equip him to do, he began to believe boldly for himself — that soon he would be out of prison and enjoying the beautiful guest room he had seen in Philemon’s house when he was there for prayer meeting!
Paul was able to believe that just as Onesimus would be freed, he would be freed.
And freedom would come through prayers, Philemon’s prayers. Paul knew Philemon’s choices would draw them together in fellowship as they followed the Lord. And Paul saw it as them being reunited.
By setting others free, we are set free.
Tonight, I prayed with two dear friends. Our hearts have been heavy. We haven’t been able to sleep, and we’ve all taken our turns with anxiety. But through prayer, we were set free. We helped set each other free, and in the process, we were freed.
Freedom – what a glorious feeling!