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Number Nine: Praying for Each Other

March 21, 2017

Here in the middle of Lent 2017, it’s my joy to share Ten Reminders for Laypeople…but wow they sure apply to us pastors as well. With gratitude to Linna Bradford who graciously agreed to let me share these with you, here’s number nine –

When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them. And sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

— Pray for each another, says James 5:16.

But there are times we do not know what we ought to pray for, admits Romans 8:26. Ain’t that the truth! That same verse goes on to remind us that when that happens, the Spirit intercedes for us through wordless groans

And yes, I believe that “God listens to [us] whenever we pray,” not just when we “pray for others.” But that’s not the point here.

The point here is our connection and our mutual  support of one another. As 1st Corinthians 12 says, together we are the Body of Christ and if one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 

Two things today: pray for others specifically, and be glad someone’s prayed for you.

In fact, I just prayed for you who are reading this. Yes, for you.

And I’d be grateful if you’d pray for me right now.

See you back here tomorrow.

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