Ligaments, Prayer, & Philippians 1:19

Posted: October 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

ἐ π ι χ ο ρ η γ ί α ς

In Philippians, Paul is writing from Rome where he is in chains for his faith. He doesn’t know whether he will live or if the Roman Guard will soon be executing him, not to mention he is in the worst of living conditions. In Philippians 1:19, Paul uses the word ἐπιχορηγίας (epick-oregias) which is used elsewhere in Greek as a medical term for ligament (see also Galatians 3:5 where it’s used of God supplying the Spirit to the Galatians).

What does a ligament do? In a nutshell, a ligament holds together two or more bones, cartilages or some bodily structure. What Paul is saying is this: “In the midst of one of my darkest hours of trial and tribulation, your prayers, like ligaments, are holding me together!” Paul knows there is a connection between his life and well-being (emotional state), God’s Spirit and presence, and the prayers of others holding all of this together.

If one of the primary mediums by which we come to know others is through communicating with them by talking, and if knowing our God more deeply brings Him glory and makes our soul more satisfied, then it follows that talking to Him is one way we come to know Him better. Prayer is how we talk to our Lord. Therefore it follows that prayer is to be a priority in our life as God’s children.


  1. If we believed our prayers really helped others as much as Philippi’s prayers helped Paul, would we pray for others more often? For longer periods of time?
  2. Who is there today or this week you can determine to pray for regularly?
  3. Husbands, do we pray for our spouse? Wives, do you for your husband? Your children?
  4. Do we as follower’s of Christ pray for the lost we interact with daily? Or for the Christian friends we have who are going through a hard time in life?
  5. If prayer is what held Paul together while in a Roman jail and delivered him, how much more could our prayers benefit someone else today? Are we not praying to the same God the Philippians prayed to on Paul’s behalf?

When I think of those who I know regularly pray for me (Scott, John, Stewart, Carolyn, and Amber), little do they know the profound affect they are having in my life as their prayers on my behalf literally strengthen me and fill me with confidence in Christ each day. Their prayers hold me together.

Today is Saturday, which means if you’re reading this post, you probably have today off from work, are going to watch some college football and hang-out with some friends and family. My encouragement to you, now knowing prayer can do so much for another, is to think of someone, if not more than one, and take a handful of minutes and pray for them today.

If you have something you would like Amber and I to join in prayer with you about, please leave us a comment, letting us know.


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