"For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers," (Ephesians 1:15, 16).
* The most powerful service we can render to someone is to prayerfully intercede for him. And an integral part of our intercession should be thankfulness, expressed both to God and to that person.
What needed encouragement we can give by thanking God for one another, and then telling each other how grateful we are for them.
* Paul understood that the most precious and powerful of ministries a pastor can provide for his people is to pray for them. And an essential ingredient of such intercession is thankfulness.
For, our hearts are warmed and our attitudes transformed when we give thanks before interceding for someone.