While preparing the sermon for Philippians, I came across this in my preparations.
Paul was praying for the community, even when his well-being wasn’t in the best of situations. He wanted nothing more than to strengthen the bond of community amongst the Philippians. I’m sure his words strengthen them even more.
One way to continue to build up a strong community is through intercessory prayer. Church members need to prayer for one another all the time. When someone asks for a prayer request, we should be faithful to honor that request and pray for them.
But when we pray for one another, do we spend enough time remembering them with joy, confidence and love? Or are you more like me: going straight to the intercession for them? Sometimes the intercession becomes the focal point of my prayer, meaning, when I don’t see results, my prayers for them are at best, not being heard.
I think it will benefit all of us, if we not only continue to pray for one another, but in our prayers, we remember those we pray for in joy, confidence and love.
(Ah. While we are on the subject of intercessory prayer, today at 3pm, Hawaiian time, I am going to go meet with the BOM to be interviewed for applying to probationary membership. I put off this process far too long, and my goal is to be ordained before I turn the big 3-0, of course, by the grace of God. (I’m 26).
So please pray that I won’t screw anything up (I have this amazing talent to screw things up, especially with things I say, because I’m too blunt and honest) and 2, for diligence. I have all this paper work to turn in before October. I’m looking at them, and my first response is leave them at the desk, and try to take my beloved Redskins to the Superbowl in Madden 08.)