Speaking of prayer, that is what I have been doing on Sunday mornings, here is the continuing conversation with some additional thoughts.
1. We should pray for our spiritual health as often as we pray for our physical well-being. Just as we pray for God to heal our physical hurts, decrease our pain, and remove our ailments, we need to ask God to heal and remove our spiritual weaknesses as well. Praying that God will help stop gossiping, complaining, lying, and exaggerating will not only make us better people but also much better to be around.
2. Praying for individuals to come to know and experience Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord should become a part of our daily prayer rhythm. Praying intentionally for work colleagues, neighbors, and friends by name to hear and receive the gift of salvation is part of a healthy and vital prayer life. I suspect most of us pray primarily for family members and fellow church members while rarely praying for those outside of our inner circle.
3. We are commanded to pray for our local, state and national government leaders without regard to their political affiliation or governing philosophy. 1 Timothy teaches pray for all of those who are in authority. It is important to remember when the Apostle Paul penned these words the people in authority were part of a very corrupt, tyrannical and immoral Roman government.
4. Praying for our church includes praying for individual members and for the ministries of the church. We should also pray for those who are and who will be visiting our church. When we pray for God to lead people to visit our church, we are then to welcome and greet them.
5. Prayer is not about persisting in persuading God to do what we want but persisting in trusting God to do what is right.
See you on Sunday morning when we keep the conversation about prayer going.
Your interim pastor,
P.S. This week invite someone to be your guest for Bible study and worship.