“I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 1:4
“Good morning! How are you?!” Those are words you have spoken to at least 15 people while waiting in line to get your coffee before the morning worship service begins. And as you speak those words, you’re hoping for the predictable response of, “Great! How are you?” On this particular morning the answer wasn’t what was expected. “I have actually had a really rough week. My spouse found out that the cancer is back. We just need prayer.”
For most of us, this isn’t just a hypothetical story. Events like this happen often in the life of a church. We have all heard, “I’ll pray for you.” While our intentions may be pure, I want to challenge you to take that extra step. Stop. Right there in the moment. Immediately pray for the individual or the family. Yes, we need to be intentional in our private prayer life. But we should also be incredibly intentional when we are gathered with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
When is the last time you stopped to pray to celebrate the movement of the Lord with others? When is the last time you heard someone pray for you, by name? When is the last time you prayed with someone else, by name? Take a moment to pray.
Lord, thank you for allowing me to be part of your church. I want to be open to the hurts or the successes of those around me. Help me to be aware of opportunities to pray for those in my faith community. Amen.
For Further Reading
1 Corinthians 1:4-8