“”Pray for us,” Paul asked believers. “Pray for us,” I saw not once, not twice, but three times in a row this morning in my Bible study.
I open my eyes each morning and give Him thanks (not only if I feel like it) and then as I begin my Bible reading I ask for a word. So, I may not have the exercise habits and the writing habits I wish for, but this one thing I do. I begin my day with Jesus.
I commune with Him and I expect and receive responses. So often it goes like this morning. He tells me more than once and more than twice so I can’t miss it.
I got the message, or the message’s beginning: There are some people on the front lines in ministry who need prayer, who need strength for the arms that hang down.
The joy of the Lord is our strength, the Word tells us. So, I pray for joy for them, and so forth. A few people come to mind and I press in for them, then go to John and we pray in agreement.
Then comes more revelation and more word, such as the word “refreshment”, which also stood up and waved at me three times. As John and I discussed this, as well as the negative reactions of two special people to something we said, we see they are the ones who REALLY need our prayers, and whatever else God leads us to say and do for them. “I think,” I said to John, “they misunderstood us because they see and look at everything through the lenses of hurt and discouragement, Through woundedness, grief, and oh, such fatigue.
So we pray and beseech God for wisdom, for the right words and the deeds, and He answers us both. To me He imparts that oft-forgotten truth: lead with the love example. To John he says send an e-mail, or a card – one so full of grace and love and appreciation and thanks that our hearts cannot be misunderstood.
“Pray for us.” Pray with us. God never intended any of us to walk these paths alone, and one of the enemy’s biggest pressures is the pressure to make us feel we are alone, forgotten, unloved.
Prayer is love. Prayer in person is love on steroids. I try to emulate a famous minister lady who says when she sees someone in the grocery store and they ask for prayer she stops right then and there and prays with them. “Let’s pray!” is much more comforting than, “I’ll pray for you . . . (someday, sometime, maybe, probably not).”
Yesterday, knowing my dad was in a place he detests being, doing a hard and difficult thing, I said to my daughter, “Call your grandpa and tell him we just prayed for him (we had just prayed for him) and that we love him.”
Every time, any time anyone is on your heart, take it as an unction to pray.
Pray for you, for me, for people in high places and people in low places. Pray for the Body of Christ.
“Pray for us.”
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