Sunday, May 16, 2021, 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
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What a Privilege to Pray for One Another
How often does someone approach us and ask us to pray for them? For many, it could be every day or several times a day. Have you ever thought about the responsibility and privilege that request carries? Honestly, I don’t always.
God’s word actually commands us to pray for one another. (Galatians 6:2 “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”)
Praying for one another strengthens our relationships with them and with the Lord.
We can pray for each other for a number of reasons: salvation, safety and healing just to name a few. God uses our prayers to line up our hearts to His will. We also have the assurance that God hears our prayers. (1 John 5:14 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us.”) When we pray for one another it benefits us as well. We begin to experience the peace of God. (Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”)
We will grow spiritually and learn to trust God more and more. (Romans 12:12 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.”) We pray for people because we love them and want them to come to know God more deeply. As you encounter people in need of prayer, remember that praying for one another benefits both parties but most of all it honors Christ through obedience..
I have been serving in the personal ministries area for over 2 years, and we have people call in and ask for prayer. It is an honor to pray with them. I would like to encourage you to pray for the people we serve as well. So many of you donate food items each week, and we greatly appreciate it. Let’s take it a step further. When you are shopping for your items, pray for the families that will receive them. Pray for the single mom and her children who receive that cake mix or canned vegetables. Pray for that young man who receives the peanut butter or cereal. Pray that they will somehow see Jesus and their need for Him. Pray as you leave your items that the gospel of Christ is being proclaimed through this ministry. Pray for the ones volunteering that the love of Christ will shine through them. We may never know the impact our prayers have on others. In reality it could be eternal.
Have a great week!
LaSondra Hatton, Personal Ministries Assistant
John 3:3 “Truly I tell you, unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
As I was reading this week I read something that struck me, and I have not been able to get it off my mind because this is so true and I don’t think we even realize we do it. In Discovering the Mission of God, the author says, “Much contemporary American preaching targets the shallowest level—behavior. It assumes that changing behavior will produce lasting change. The Lord Jesus never taught or acted that way, however. He believed that the heart (the seat of basic assumptions and allegiances, the worldview) was the fount of life and the seat of all true change, thus his insistence to Nicodemus on the “new birth”. He knew that all lasting change begins at the core and radiates outward, affecting behavior.”
We seem to have this backwards in churches today! We focus on behavior modification and make sure we teach our kids how to “behave” instead of teaching them how to be born again. We pray that they “act good” in public instead of praying that the Holy Spirit convicts them of their sins and saves them. We praise them for being “good” instead of sharing the reality that our righteous acts are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6) and that nothing good dwells in us (Romans 7:18). Our children, the people in our community, the ones in our churches need to hear us teach the good news of salvation not behavior modification! The good news of salvation is this:
Sin entered this world through man and every day we prove we are sinners because we choose to sin (Genesis 3; Rom. 3:23)
Because of our sin we deserve death and an eternity in hell. (Rom. 6:23)
Christ loved us so much that while we were still enemies, He died for us. (Rom. 5:8)
The Bible tells us it is by grace through faith that we are saved (Eph. 2:8-9)
All we have to do to be saved is confess Jesus as Lord (repent of your sins and surrender your life to Him to do what He pleases with you) and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead (believe Jesus is who the scripture says He is and that His blood shed on the cross is all we need for forgiveness of our sins) and the Bible says we WILL BE SAVED! (Rom. 10:9-10)
Lasting change only happens when God opens our eyes to our sin, and we see our desperate need for Him! When we begin a relationship with Christ and give Him control of our lives, then and only then, will we see true change in our lives! The Bible says when we are saved that we are new creations and everything about us will begin to change. If you care about somebody share the greatest news ever with them!
“For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He raised again on the third day according to the Scriptures” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4