And one thing more: prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers.

23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. 24 And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers.

25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Just one more small, but important, detail before we move away from this wonderful letter:

It seems to me that verse 22 epitomises faith. ‘Believing is seeing’, and Paul saw himself as a guest in Philemon’s home, even as he was still a prisoner. He knew he was being prayed for and he believed in the efficacy of these prayers.

“Now faith is the assurance of what we hope for and the certainty of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1: Berean Standard Bible).

Prayer: Lord increase my faith.