Praying For Others

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.)

5 thoughts on “Praying For Others

  1. I didn’t think it went so well. We went on an tangent on one of the questions about the Korean culture. I felt like one of the members were attacking me. I’m sure he wasn’t, but I am also sure he was saying a lot of things because he just doesn’t understand.
    But they unanimously approved me to apply for my probationary.
    So, maybe it was all in my head.

    Thanks for asking, Andrew. 🙂

  2. I need to rededicate myself to the Lord and let go of a few sinful situations in my life before they totaly destroy me. I WANT/NEED to be back stronger in God’s will than ever before. I can’t live like this anymore. I want to be a clean/healthy vessel that the Lord could use. Please help me. I need prayer support. I also need to lose 35pounds due to health reasons, and I had started smoking cigaretts, and drinking while divorced and involved with this soul tie..I need prayer support, and all good biblical advice…Thankyou, and God Bless Cheryl

  3. Hey great post man! I found this facebook application for all you madden fans i hop you guys will like it. Ive been using it for about 3 days now and its cool but it needs more fans. Anyone here have Xbox live? Im looking for some more people to demolish. Here is the link Madden 08 Fan Club

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