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Philemon 1:22 “But, meanwhile, also prepare a guest room for me, for I trust that through your prayers I shall be granted to you.”
 
But, meanwhile, also prepare a guest room for me,
“Guest room” is literally lodging.  This is a place for Paul to stay when he visits Colosse.  It is a personal request for hospitality. 
Ro 16: 23 “Gaius, my host and the host of the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, greets you, and Quartus, a brother.”
for I trust that through your prayers I shall be granted to you
“I shall be granted to you” implies that the Roman government will release Paul from jail shortly.  Paul initially planed to go to Spain after Rome (Ro 15:24,28).  He may have altered his plans to go back to the Lycus Valley (eastern Turkey) and visit Colosse.  That is why he looked forward to visiting the Philippian church again. 
Ph 2: 23 “Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me (freed from jail). 24 But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.”
The word “your” in “your prayers” is plural indicating that the entire church that met in Philemon’s home prayed for Paul. 
PRINCIPLE: 
God answers intercessory prayer. 
APPLICATION: 
Paul depended on the prayers of fellow believers and we need to do the same.  Peter was delivered from jail because of intercessory prayer of the saints. 
Ph 1: 19 “For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance (from jail) through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ…”
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