From The Prayer Corner - Praying for Others
One of the very best things we can do for all the people we care about – husband, wife, children, parents, grandparents, friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, or people in need around the world – is to pray for them. We may not be able to provide them with good health, financial security, or protection from all harm, but we CAN pray that God will heal them, provide for them, and keep them safe.
The promise to pray for others is one of the finest gifts we can give them. Every time we seek the presence of God and the release of His power on behalf of someone else, great things can happen. It is the MOST effective way we can touch others and make a difference in their lives.
AND – the most important thing we can pray about for others is that they will know God better and grow in spiritual wisdom and live lives that honor Him.
When we pray for others, we are asking God to make His presence known in their lives. We are asking Him to open their hearts so they can hear from Him. We are asking Him to take care of their needs. That doesn’t mean there will always be an immediate response. Sometimes it can take days, weeks, months, or even years. But our prayers are NEVER lost or meaningless. If we are praying, something is happening in the lives of those for whom we are praying, whether we see it or not. Everything that needs to happen in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones cannot happen without the presence and the power of God. Prayer invites and ignites both.
“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” Colossians 1:9
During this month of May, take a post-it-note or an index card, and write down the names of all the people you want to pray for. Put it somewhere that you will see it every day. Then take a few moments each day to bless these people by bringing them and their needs to our Heavenly Father in prayer.
(Portions taken from UMC.org material and Stormie Omartian.)
“In Heaven, next to the wonder of seeing my Savior will be, I think, the wonder that I made so little use of the power of prayer.” -
D. L. Moody
“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” - Max Lucado
Join the Email Prayer Team! It’s easy. Here’s how:
Contact Lora Stafura in the church office at email@example.com or
Cathy Dambach firstname.lastname@example.org, or Heather Brown email@example.com and the monthly prayer list will be emailed to you. Occasionally we also have weekly urgent requests that are sent out as well. Thank you!
“Nothing tends more to cement the hearts of Christians than praying together.”
- Charles G. Finney